English version

folk hero

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Folklore
folk heroˈfolk ˌhero noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 RFsomeone who people in a particular place admire very much because of something they have done 🔊 Casey Jones is an American folk hero.
Examples from the Corpus
folk heroFerguson is flawless, a folk hero in two countries.The affair seemed only to add to his status as folk hero.He was a celebrated folk hero in his adopted Darlington from his arrival in 1919 to his death in 1946.Just the kind of marginal folk hero they would go and use as a mascot.
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