The Plural of Hero: Here’s What It Is and How to Use It

At a very young age, we are introduced to heroes. Action figures, movies, comic books, and costumes all allow us to learn and idolize the people who swoop in at the last minute and save the day. They perform awe-inspiring acts of great strength, flight, incredible speed, and most importantly beat the bad guys and rescue the innocent. This article is going to be all about the word hero, its plural noun form, the history and origin of the word, synonyms, and examples of the word used in a sentence. Tie on your cape, and let’s get started. 

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What Is the Definition of Hero?

A hero is defined as: 

  • a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
  •  an illustrious warrior
  • a person admired for achievements and noble qualities, a role model, local hero, etc.
  • one who shows great courage, ex. war hero, an American hero
  • the principal character in a literary or dramatic work —used specifically of a principal male character especially when contrasted with the heroine
  • now also used of a principal character who is female
  • the central figure in an event, period, or movement
  • a legendary priestess of Aphrodite loved by Leander

What Is the Plural Form of Hero?

When deciding how to use plural correctly, choose heroes. You are welcome to use the word heros but you would instead be referring to a genus of fish native to South America. It’s always tempting to just add an “s” to a word to make it plural but that often makes the word grammatically incorrect or may change the meaning entirely. Always double-check the plural for of every word before using it. 

The History and Origin of the Word

The word hero’s etymology comes from the 14th century in the languages French, Greek, and Latin. It is still spelled similarly to the original root words, heroe and Latin heros. The original definitions were, “a man of superhuman strength or physical courage.” and “hero, demi-god, illustrious man.” ( etymonline.com) 

Throughout history, we see tons of fables, folklore, fairytales, and songs about heroes. As humans, we often feel powerless and it is fun to think of a better version of ourselves able to accomplish things that we cannot. Little kids dream of being able to fly and shoot laser beams with their eyes. Modern-day movies and books help bring these characters to life. 

It is also important to remember that modern-day heroes do in fact exist. There are people every day performing courageous acts for other people. People who work in the military, firefighters, doctors, and rescue workers are also often referred to as heroes. These people daily lay down their own lives and personal comfort for the wellbeing of others or society as a whole. 

You too can be a hero, by simply putting others before yourself. Go out of your way to perform random acts of kindness to not only friends or family but also strangers. Always be looking for ways to serve others and get involved in your local community. Everyone can make a huge difference to the people and world around them if they are seeking out opportunities. 

Synonyms of Hero

  • god- a being having superhuman powers and control over a particular part of life or the world 
    • in some belief systems, natural forces like the wind and the sea were gods

– icon- a person who is the object of extreme or uncritical devotion 

–  Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and other icons of pop culture

– classic- someone of such unequaled perfection as to deserve imitation 

– among women who have devoted themselves to a life of scientific inquiry, Marie Curie is one of the acknowledged classics

– exemplar- one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like 

–  the village’s Congregational church could serve as an exemplar of the white clapboard church with a steeple that is a fixture in old New England towns

– hero-  a person who is the object of extreme or uncritical devotion 

– fans of the sports hero didn’t care what the facts were—in their minds, he was innocent of all criminal charges

– model- an exact representation of something in greatly reduced size 

– the dollhouse was a tiny, perfect model of the family’s actual house

– paragon – someone of such unequaled perfection as to deserve imitation 

– in Arthurian legend, Sir Galahad is depicted as the one knight who is a paragon of virtue

Antonyms include villain, coward, loser. 

Example Sentences of the Word in Context

  • A photo of a note police said came from Bohannon’s family was posted on the department’s Twitter page after the announcement of his death. “He is a hero to many, but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children,” read the note that referred to Bohannon as “Bo” and asked for “prayers and support in the days ahead.” – USA Today
  • With one swing of the bat on Monday night Fernando Tatis Jr. angered a bunch of old-school dorks and became a hero to those who actually like it when something fun happens in baseball, which can be a really boring game. – USA Today
  • “I’m so grateful that (Asaih) was there for him because if he wasn’t there, my husband probably wouldn’t be here today,” Asaih said. “The fact that a 9-year-old thought so fast in thinking, ‘Oh, I gotta help, I’m the only one here to help him.’ He brought him all the way back to shore all by himself. He’s daddy’s hero, that’s for sure.”- USA Today

Summary

Next time you go to talk about our word of the day heroes, you will be set with fun facts and how to use the word in the correct form in the English language whether you are talking about one hero or many heroes. Seek out ways and opportunities to become a real-life hero yourself. Maybe they will write stories about you one day. 

Sources:

  1. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/heroes-vs-heros-grammar-rules
  2. https://www.etymonline.com/word/hero
  3. https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/paragon#noun
  4. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/31/st-louis-police-officer-tamarris-bohannon-dies-after-being-shot/5677503002/
  5. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ftw/2020/08/19/padres-fernando-tatis-jr-mlb-unwritten-rules/113347946/
  6. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/05/pensacola-florida-boy-rescues-dad-after-santa-rosa-sound-diving-accident/3304518001/