Definition of figurehead
1 : the figure on a ship's bow
2 : a head or chief in name only
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
Noriega promptly forced him to resign, installing a more compliant figurehead.
The promotion of a youthful figurehead with an iconic family name appears to be a key element in a rebranding effort that includes a shift to Islamic State-style terrorist attacks against adversaries across the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Some suspect that Jared is a figurehead and that Charles actually runs Kushner Companies.
Every once in a while Mr. Zorn, the alto saxophonist and experimental music figurehead, infiltrates the Vanguard, straight-ahead jazz’s temple, for a one-off matinee show.
May, one of the original cypherpunks, continues to be an active figurehead of the cypherpunks and has often bridged the chasm between its historically secretive culture and its forays into the public sphere.
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First Known Use of figurehead
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
Definition of figurehead for Students
1 : a carved figure on the bow of a ship
2 : a person who is called the head of something but who has no real power
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