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
3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4. Classical Mythology. 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. hero sandwich.
6. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.
A hero (from Greek ἥρως hērōs), in Greek
mythology and folklore, was originally a
demigod, the offspring of a mortal and a deity,
their cult being one of the most distinctive
features of ancient Greek religion.
Later, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to
refer to characters (fictional or historical) that, in
the face of danger and adversity or from a
position of weakness, display courage and the
will for self-sacrifice – that is, heroism – for
some greater good, originally of martial courage
or excellence but extended to more general
Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples.
In classical antiquity, hero cults – veneration of
deified heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and
Achilles – played an important role in Ancient
Greek religion. Politicians, ancient and modern,
have employed hero worship for their own
apotheosis (i.e., cult of personality).
List of Peace Heroes
Possible Hero Figures of the 20th Century
After looking at different definitions of heroes, does your
person meet the definition of a hero? Why? Even if your
person meets the criteria of a hero, find another person (real
and not related to you) who you would consider a hero.
Why did you choose this person? What makes them a