from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman noted for courage and daring action.
  • n. A woman noted for special achievement in a particular field.
  • n. The principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation. See Usage Note at hero.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female hero
  • n. A female lead character

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman of an heroic spirit.
  • n. The principal female person who figures in a remarkable action, or as the subject of a poem or story.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female hero; a heroic woman.
  • n. The principal female character in a poem, play, story, or romance, or the woman who plays the most important part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the main good female character in a work of fiction
  • n. a woman possessing heroic qualities or a woman who has performed heroic deeds


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin hērōīnē, hērōīna, from Greek hērōinē, feminine of hērōs, hero; see hero.

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Via Latin Latin heroina from late Ancient Greek (2nd century) ἡρωΐνη (hêrôḯnê), a feminine equivalent of ἥρως (hếrôs, "hero") "hero, demigod". English from 1650. The sense of "female lead character" is from 1715.


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