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English noun: hero

1. hero (person) a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength

SamplesRAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain.

Broader (hypernym)leader

Instance hyponymArmin, Arminius, Hermann, Job

2. hero (cognition) the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

Broader (hypernym)character, part, persona, role, theatrical role

3. hero (person) someone who fights for a cause

Synonymschampion, fighter, paladin

Broader (hypernym)defender, guardian, protector, shielder

4. Hero (person) Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

SynonymsHero of Alexandria, Heron

Instance hypernymartificer, discoverer, inventor, mathematician

5. hero (person) (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god

Broader (hypernym)mythical being

Domain categoryclassical mythology

6. Hero (person) (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her

Instance hypernymmythical being

Domain categoryGreek mythology

7. hero (food) a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Synonymsbomber, Cuban sandwich, grinder, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep

Broader (hypernym)sandwich

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