- [Myth] An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.
- A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person."Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody." [Emerson.]
- The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Æneas in the Æneid."The shining quality of an epic hero." [Dryden.]" Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind." [Carlyle.]
Etymology: F. héros, L. heros, Gr. �