Pronunciation: (hēr'ō),[key] —n., —pl.-roes;for 5 also-ros. 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. 3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4. Class. Myth. a. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
b. (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
c. (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
5. See hero sandwich. 6. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.
Pronunciation: (hēr'ō),[key] —n. 1. Class. Myth.a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
2. Also,Heron.(Hero of Alexandria) fl. 1st century a.d., Greek scientist.