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.
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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