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What’s the Plural of Hero? Heros or Heroes?

Last updated on October 22nd, 2023 at 06:58 am

What’s the plural of hero? Heros or heroes?

For the most part, nouns that end in ‘o’, like mango, volcano and potato, typically add ‘es’ to form a plural noun. This is also true of the noun hero, the plural of which is heroes. Keep in mind that this is not invariably the case, because other nouns that end in ‘o’, like radio and video, simply add an ‘s’ to create a plural.

What does the word hero mean?

A hero is someone that is “admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. Synonyms include idol, icon and paragon.

Nouns that end in o

Hero is a regular noun since it takes on ‘es’ to form a plural. Likewise, these nouns which also end in the vowel ‘o’ add ‘es’ to form a plural (remember that this doesn’t work for all nouns that end in ‘o’, as some just add an ‘s’).

Examples of the singular noun, hero, in sentences

1. The firefighter’s quick response and bravery made him a true hero in the eyes of the community.

2. In the movie, the protagonist transforms from an ordinary person into a powerful hero who saves the world.

3. Rosa Parks is remembered as a civil rights hero for her courageous act of refusing to give up her bus seat.

4. The young boy looked up to his father as his personal hero, admiring his strength and wisdom.

5. The scientist’s groundbreaking discoveries paved the way for new medical treatments, establishing her as a hero in the field of medicine.

Examples of the plural noun, heroes, in sentences

1. The city honoured its local heroes, the firefighters who saved lives during the devastating fire.

2. The comic book convention was filled with fans dressed up as their favorite superheroes and fictional heroes.

3. Throughout history, there have been many unsung heroes whose contributions were crucial but often overlooked.

4. The movie showcased a team of unlikely heroes who joined forces to defeat the powerful villain threatening the world.

5. Nurses and doctors working tirelessly during the pandemic emerged as the true heroes of our time.

Synonyms of hero

  • idol
  • icon
  • paragon
  • exemplar
  • role model
  • champion
  • shining example

Origin of the word hero

Late 14c., “man of superhuman strength or physical courage,” from Old French heroe (14c., Modern French héros), from Latin heros (plural heroes) “hero, demi-god, illustrious man,” from Greek hērōs (plural hērōes) “demi-god.”

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1. “Hero.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Aug. 2023.

2. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of hero.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 26 August, 2023.