see also: Hero
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈhɪɹoʊ/, /ˈhiɹoʊ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɪəɹəʊ/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈhɛəɹoʊ/
  1. Somebody who possesses great bravery and carries out extraordinary or noble deeds.
  2. A role model.
  3. The protagonist in a work of fiction.
  4. (poker) The current player, especially an hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: villain ("any opponent player"). Not to be confused with hero call ("a weak call against a supposed bluff").
    Let's discuss how to play if the hero has KK, and there's an ace on board.
  5. (US) A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.
  6. (food styling, chiefly, attributive) The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.
    • 2003, Solomon H. Katz, William Woys Weaver, Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
      The preparation of the hero food involves any number of specialized techniques food stylists have developed to deal with the demands of photographing food.
    • 2008, Linda Bellingham, Jean Ann Bybee, Brad G. Rogers, Food Styling for Photographers (page 8)
      Protect the hero food. Whether the hero items are on a table in the studio or in the refrigerator, freezer, etc., be sure they are identified as hero items and not for consumption.
    • 2008, David Random, Defying Gravity (page 24)
      The food stylists this day had spent inordinate amounts of time preparing the hero product for a close-up scene.
  7. (web design) The eye-catching top portion of a web page, sometimes including a hero image; the portion above the fold.
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  1. (Greek mythology) Any of a number of legendary men and women, including the priestess loved by Leander.
  2. (rare) A female given name of English-speakers.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      ,Scene 1:
      You hear, Count Claudio: I can be secret as a dumb man; I would have you think so; but on my allegiance mark you this, on my allegiance: he is in love. With who? now that is your Grace's part. Mark how short his answer is: with Hero, Leonato's short daughter.

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