Examples of figurehead in a Sentence
The king is merely a figurehead; the government is really run by elected officials.
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In just a few weeks, Trump has isolated himself by purging his inner circle of figureheads of the establishment and the nationalist right.
Christopher Cantwell Spartan of Charlottesville, Fumigates a Dirty Antifa Commie #UnitetheRight pic.twitter.com/76aRFV7xkB — Peter Powell (@Swanky_Prole) August 12, 2017 Cantwell has not always been a figurehead of the alt-right.
In closing arguments, Yingluck, who remains a figurehead of Thailand's populist movement, said the scheme benefitted average Thais and painted herself as a victim of political persecution.
The band became figureheads of the UK shoegaze scene thanks to the distortion vortices and melodic pop of 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again.
The Duke of Cambridge is more of a figurehead as FA president than anything else; since 1939, the role has been filled by a member of the British royal family.
The popular royal figurehead signaled last year that age was a contributing factor in his desire to step down.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, one of the most popular Tory politicians, was the figurehead of the Brexit campaign last year and stopped short of making a leadership bid in the aftermath.
Noriega promptly forced him to resign, installing a more compliant figurehead.
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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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