Definitions for figureheadˈfɪg yərˌhɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fig•ure•headˈfɪg yərˌhɛd(n.)

  1. a person who is head of a group, country, etc., in title but has no real authority or responsibility.

  2. a carved figure built into the bow of a sailing ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. front man, front, figurehead, nominal head, straw man, strawman(noun)

    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

  2. figurehead(noun)

    figure on the bow of some sailing vessels


  1. figurehead(Noun)

    A carved figure on the prow of a sailing ship.

  2. figurehead(Noun)

    Someone in a nominal position of leadership who has no actual power; a front or front man.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Figurehead(noun)

    the figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship

  2. Figurehead(noun)

    a person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief


  1. Figurehead

    A figurehead is a carved wooden decoration found at the prow of ships largely made between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Translations for figurehead

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who is officially a leader but who does little or has little power

She is the real leader of the party; – he is only a figurehead.

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