from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any kind of fantasy/science fiction crime-fighting character, often with supernatural powers or equipment, in popular children's and fantasy literature.
super- + hero (Wiktionary)