figurehead

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English[edit]

Figurehead (nautical).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪgjəɹˌhɛd/, /ˈfɪgəɹˌhɛd/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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figurehead (plural figureheads)

  1. (nautical) A carved figure on the prow of a sailing ship.
  2. (by extension) Someone in a nominal position of leadership who has no actual power; a front or front man.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 2, Well Tackled![1]:
      Evidently he did not mean to be a mere figurehead, but to carry on the old tradition of Wilsthorpe's; and that was considered to be a good thing in itself and an augury for future prosperity.

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