figurehead

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noun fig·ure·head \ˈfi-g(y)ər-ˌhed\

Definition of figurehead

  1. 1 :  the figure on a ship's bow

  2. 2 :  a head or chief in name only

Examples of figurehead in a sentence

  1. The king is merely a figurehead; the government is really run by elected officials.

1765

First Known Use of figurehead

1765


FIGUREHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

figurehead

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noun fig·ure·head \ˈfi-g(y)ər-ˌhed\

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

figurehead

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noun fig·ure·head \ˈfi-gyər-ˌhed\

Definition of figurehead for Students

  1. 1 :  a carved figure on the bow of a ship

  2. 2 :  a person who is called the head of something but who has no real power



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