authority figure

Definition of authority figure

:a person who has authority over another person
  • A child needs an authority figure in his or her life.

Word by Word Definitions

authority play
  1. : power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior

  2. : freedom granted by one in authority : right

  3. : persons in command

figure play
  1. : a number symbol : numeral, digit

  2. : arithmetical calculations

  3. : a written or printed character

  1. : to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

  2. : to decorate with a pattern

  3. : to indicate or represent by numerals


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