Examples of figurehead in a Sentence
The king is merely a figurehead; the government is really run by elected officials.
Recent Examples of figurehead from the Web
The elections for both president and parliament complete Turkey’s transformation from a parliamentary to presidential system of government that grants sweeping powers to the president, who previously was a figurehead.
The public mostly rallied to the monarch, Mohammad Reza, a figurehead around whom diverse forces gathered.
In the film, Sun Ra—a figurehead in the afrofuturist movement—finds a new planet for African-Americans and must fight to bring converts to their new homeworld.
If the function of the royal family is as a figurehead, after all, then Markle — a figurehead for 2018 — fits right in.
Bundy was quoting from anti-communist, anti-socialist Mormon Cleon Skousen and mimicking the ideas of Ezra Taft Benson — those Mormon figureheads whose writings inspired the Nay Book.
The best moments in the film are the handful of scenes that offer some impression of Kennedy as a person rather than as a figurehead, or a scion.
Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were the figureheads of three Super Bowl title teams.
As Senate Majority Leader, McConnell has become the figurehead of a Washington political establishment that his own party's rank-and-file loves to hate.
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FIGUREHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of figurehead for English Language Learners
: 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
FIGUREHEAD Defined for Kids
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