1. A woman noted for courage and daring action.
2. A woman noted for special achievement in a particular field.
3. The principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
[Latin hērōīnē, hērōīna, from Greek hērōīnē, feminine of hērōs, hero; see HERO.]
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