Yes, a hero is a kind of sandwich. But when David Bowie sings, “We can be heroes,” he’s not talking about sandwiches. He’s talking about the more popular kind of hero — the kind who saves your life!

A hero is someone who does fantastic things that people love. The guy who rescues a skater from a frozen pond is a hero. A hero can be the main character of a story, too, if people root for him. Spiderman is the hero of the comic series: he's the central character, but he also saves people. The word hero goes back to the Greek, referring to a demigod.

Definitions of hero
  1. noun
    someone who fights for a cause
    synonyms: champion, fighter, paladin
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    type of:
    defender, guardian, protector, shielder
    a person who cares for persons or property
  2. noun
    a person distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength
    “RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain”
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    German hero; leader at the battle of Teutoburger Wald in AD 9 (circa 18 BC - AD 19)
    a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
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    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  3. noun
    (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
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    type of:
    mythical being
    an imaginary being of myth or fable
  4. noun
    the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
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    type of:
    character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
  5. noun
    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
    synonyms: Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, bomber, grinder, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep
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    type of:
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
Commonly confused words

hero / protagonist

A hero is the firefighter who pulls you out of a burning car. The protagonist is the main character in the story you write about it.

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