Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Not only the Duke, but both the heroines, Viola and Olivia, love music.

That is a privilege reserved for the heroines of the Seaside Library.

Perhaps Sara is the most immediate of Mr.Norris's heroines so far.

Indeed it is not unworthy of the lips of one of Shakespeare's heroines.

Do not take the heroes and the heroines of cheap novels for a model.

They feared they were not of the stuff of which heroines—not to say martyrs—were made.

It was now that eleventh hour in which heroines are rescued by bold lovers.

There is not much for the women, but the plucky ones are often heroines.

Yet Bertha remained, I must admit, of all my heroines, by far the most in love.

The heroines of Romola and Felix Holt prove distinctly that she does.


1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (e.g. Medea), from Greek heroine, fem. of heros (see hero (n.1)). As "principal female character" in a drama or poem, from 1715.