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he‧ro W3 /ˈhɪərəʊ $ ˈhɪroʊ/ noun (plural heroes) [COUNTABLE]
[date : 1500-1600; Language : Latin; Origin : heros, from Greek]
1. a man who is admired for doing something extremely brave ⇨ heroine:
▪ He had dared to speak out against injustice, and overnight he became a national hero.
▪ His father was a war hero, a former fighter pilot.
▪ the unsung heroes who drove convoys of aid to Bosnia
▪ a hero of the Great War
▪ A man hailed as a hero for 50 years has been unmasked as a traitor.
2. the man or boy who is the main character in a book, film, play etc ⇨ heroine
▪ Phileas Fogg, hero of Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
3. a man who is admired very much for a particular skill or quality ⇨ heroine
▪ When I was small, Uncle Fred was my hero.
▪ Einstein is the hero of those who explore science at its deepest level.
4. American English a long thin sandwich filled with meat, cheese etc
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meanings 1 & 3)
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + hero
▪a real/true hero
▪ The real heroes were the guys who fought in the front lines.
▪a great hero
▪ He finally got to meet his great hero, the Brazilian footballer, Pele.
▪a national hero
▪ They regard Aung San as a national hero and martyr.
▪a local hero
▪ Richards was a local hero, a star of the football club.
▪a popular hero (=someone whom many people admire)
▪ Ross was an arctic explorer and popular hero.
▪a cult hero (=someone who a particular group of people admire)
▪ He became a cult hero among surfers.
▪a war hero (=a soldier who was very brave in a war)
▪ Coming home, he was hailed as a war hero.
▪an unsung hero (=someone whose bravery or effort is not noticed or recognized)
▪ These volunteers are the unsung heroes of the campaign.
▪an unlikely hero (=someone who you did not expect to be brave or did not expect to admire )
▪ Baxter was the unlikely hero of the game.
▪a sporting hero (=someone who people admire in a sport)
▪ Tiger Woods was his sporting hero.
▪a folk hero (=an ordinary person who does something brave and becomes a hero in a particular place)
▪ Cesar Chavez has folk hero status in the Latino community.
▪an accidental hero (=someone who becomes a hero by chance)
▪ He became an accidental hero after discovering the injured child while out walking.
▪a conquering hero (=someone who has defeated someone else)
▪ Team members were greeted like conquering heroes on their return.
▪sb’s boyhood/childhood hero (=someone who was your hero when you were a boy/child)
▪ McEnroe had been one of his boyhood heroes.
▪become a hero
▪ He became a national hero for his part in the war.
▪be hailed (as) a hero (=people say you are a hero)
▪ He was hailed a hero after saving the young girl’s life.
▪get/be given a hero’s welcome (=be treated as a hero when you arrive somewhere)
▪ The team were given a hero’s welcome when they returned to the city.
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a war hero
▪ At home he was hailed as a war hero.
die a hero/rich man etc
▪ He died a hero on the battlefield.
▪ Casey Jones is an American folk hero.
hailed a hero
▪ A young man is being hailed a hero tonight after rescuing two children.
tragic hero (=the main person in a tragedy)
▪ one of the unsung heroes of French politics
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
▪ Just the kind of marginal folk hero they would go and use as a mascot.
▪ When Finubar returned to Ulthuan he was hailed as a great hero.
▪ And indeed for a time Patroclus fought as gloriously as that great hero himself could have done.
▪ The Warden of the City is the great Elven hero Eltharion.
▪ He was a personage of quite another order from the great hero of Athens, Theseus.
▪ His chief councillor and military leader was William of Toulouse, one of the great Frankish heroes.
▪ The great Athenian hero was Theseus.
▪ I no longer cared about seeing the film, though it was to be the last with my great hero Sean Connery.
▪ With their behavior toward Mr Cengic, they have made him an even greater hero of his country.
▪ In my section I had one of my local heroes, Tony Scott, about four or five pegs away.
▪ The subjects of Wuerttemberg felt terrible, for they considered the count a local hero.
▪ Because you're a local hero to her.
▪ Hill had established himself as a local hero and also as something of an eccentric.
▪ He has a real medal chance so if Henley wants a local hero it's time to pay up.
▪ The firefighters have become local heroes for their search and rescue efforts after the blast.
▪ He was a national hero and now he had the leverage to change golf.
▪ His exploits on the Colorado River had made him a national hero, the most celebrated adventurer since Lewis and Clark.
▪ This boy is a celebrity here, a national hero.
▪ Brave, adventurous, single-minded, he died a national hero.
▪ Charismatic, charming, he'd become a national hero.
▪ At Silverstone, Hunt was the national hero.
▪ Punjabis are now with the police, and Mr Gill is a national hero.
▪ Yet Lowry was a popular hero who, when he died in 1977, was the most famous painter in Britain.
▪ Farmers squealed that the popular porcine hero fueled a drop in pork sales as children boycotted Babe on a platter.
▪ Inventors like Edison, Westinghouse, and Bell were popular heroes, to be emulated by younger men.
▪ There is no more popular hero than Hercules.
▪ Maybe you'd know how to act if you had some more positive role models and some real heroes in your life.
▪ Jim Magilton was made man of the match but for many United fans new keeper Phil Whitehead was the real hero.
▪ Not Margarita, one of the real heroes of the book.
▪ But my real hero was Victor de Sabata.
▪ Their fantasy helps when the kids start thinking the wrestlers are heroes and the wrestlers become something like real heroes.
▪ Stuntmen and stand-ins are the real heroes.
▪ Party chairman Chris Patten, the tragic hero of the hour, arrived shortly after 11.00 for a lengthy post-mortem.
▪ Sentimental comedy possesses several characteristics that are incompatible with the classic concept of tragedy and the tragic hero.
▪ But Laker, like all tragic heroes, had his fatal flaw, hubris.
▪ In most cases the pesme sing of tragic heroes who met violent deaths, martyrs to the national cause.
▪ The ground crews within the Army Air Corps are generally the unsung heroes behind everything we do.
▪ Tonight we meet some of the unsung heroes of Inspector Morse - the extras.
▪ This country is full of unsung heroes.
▪ Jimmy Wilde - one of the great unsung heroes of Crystal Palace, until today!
▪ They were the unsung heroes of the whole appeal.
▪ Les Stocker is another unsung hero in the Honours List.
▪ They indicate that the big lad from West Birk Hatt is probably one of the finest unsung heroes of the last war.
▪ Instead of portraying a puffy-faced old tyrant, Picasso had drawn a young hero.
▪ The guards hear him knocking and shouting but then our young hero comes back.
▪ Thousands of Keen disks were ordered last month by EGA/VGA users proving the undying popularity of this loveable, young, hero.
▪ Just ask Scratchman, the goofy action hero who crusades for truth, justice and the Texas Lottery.
▪ As an action hero, Fletcher fails miserably in this endeavor.
▪ What right had I to tarnish the reputation of an acknowledged war hero and needlessly distress his family?
▪ Stewart was viewed in Washington as something of a war hero.
▪ I keep forgetting he's a war hero.
▪ Then the war heroes came back home and bumped Lucky out ofhis place at the livery.
▪ The ex-hunter, aviator and war hero, Tom Fairfax, who was her lover, is approaching in his biplane.
▪ We were both war heroes, and both of us had just been elected to Congress.
▪ Sometimes there were famous guests: heavyweight boxers, film actresses, war heroes, prime ministers.
▪ Local Republicans figured a wounded war hero would be a natural political candidate.
▪ He had a tendency toward hero worship and often gushed embarrassingly in correspondence with his heroes.
▪ And it wasn't all hero worship.
▪ He became a hero when he rescued a number of people from a blazing house fire.
▪ The traditional outcast or pariah becomes the hero in this new age.
▪ Instead he became a national hero who enjoyed a long life ... and who died with dignity.
▪ By accident Jack became a hero, but maybe that was his nature, anyway.
▪ The governor became a hero to many of his staff and prisoners, including the one slashed.
▪ The Iron Man is befriended by a young child and in the end, becomes a hero.
▪ So when Calley was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, he became a hero overnight.
▪ Sometimes I lie here and wonder how you ever became a hero.
▪ When Finubar returned to Ulthuan he was hailed as a great hero.
▪ Rodgers, hailed none the less as a hero in papers across the country, was renowned for being taciturn.
▪ So you want to play the hero?
▪ Hoffman plays a reluctant hero who disappears after rescuing plane crash survivors.
▪ Sir Anthony Hopkins says it's a privilege to play a romantic hero at 55.
▪ He was in his element playing doomed heroes and dandies, neurotics and aesthetes.
▪ You know now not to play the hero, don't you?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Conway returned home, hailed as a hero of the war.
▪ Hamlet is Shakespeare's most famous tragic hero.
▪ In cinema, the hero always got the girl and the bad guy was always punished.
▪ Indiana Jones is the hero of the film.
▪ Shakespeare's best-known tragic hero is probably Hamlet.
▪ sports heroes
▪ The hero of the story is a young soldier.
▪ Who was the hero of "The Catcher in the Rye"?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Because Masten was his hero, he was a little nervous.
▪ Defense attorney Ana Ortiz, who referred to her client as Billyjack, said he is a hero by any name.
▪ Here we have the concept of the maverick, the hero innovator, the streetwise entrepreneur, that several speakers have described.
▪ His legend, like the stories of most heroes, begins badly.
▪ It is counterproductive to be derogatory about hairstyle, clothing, or current countercultural heroes.
▪ One is that the shelf life of heroes is short.
▪ Racing drivers appear to be larger-than-life heroes.
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