hero Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hero” in the English Dictionary

"hero" in British English

See all translations

heronoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɪə.rəʊ/ us   /ˈhɪr.oʊ/ plural heroes
  • hero noun [C] (PERSON)

B1 a person who is admired for having done something very brave or having achieved something great: a war hero He became a national hero for his part in the revolution.humorous Graham says he'll take my parents to the airport at four o'clock in the morning - what a hero!
Compare
See also
B1 female heroine the main male character in a book or film who is usually good: the hero of her latest novel
Compare
someone who you admire very much: Humphrey Bogart's my hero - I've seen every one of his movies.
Compare

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • hero noun [C] (FOOD)

US a long sandwich filled with cold meat, cheese, salad, etc.
(Definition of hero from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hero" in American English

See all translations

heronoun [C]

us   /ˈhɪər·oʊ/ plural heroes female heroine, /ˈher·oʊ·ɪn/
literature The hero is the main character of a story, play, or movie.
heroic
adjective [not gradable] us   /hɪˈroʊ·ɪk/
The ceremony at City Hall honored the heroic acts of firefighters who lost their lives.
(Definition of hero from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hero?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“hero” in British English

“hero” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More