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figurehead

figurehead

noun fig·ure·head \ˈfi-g(y)ər-ˌhed\

: a carved figure (as of a woman) on a ship's bow

: a person who is called the head or chief of something but who has no real power

Full Definition of FIGUREHEAD

1
:  the figure on a ship's bow
2
:  a head or chief in name only

Examples of FIGUREHEAD

  1. The king is merely a figurehead; the government is really run by elected officials.

First Known Use of FIGUREHEAD

1765

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