What does figurehead mean?

Definitions for figurehead
ˈfɪg yərˌhɛdfig·ure·head

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word figurehead.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. front man, front, figurehead, nominal head, straw man, strawmannoun

    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

  2. figureheadnoun

    figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

Wiktionary

  1. figureheadnoun

    A carved figure on the prow of a sailing ship.

  2. figureheadnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Figureheadnoun

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

  2. Figureheadnoun

    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

Freebase

  1. Figurehead

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of figurehead in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of figurehead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of figurehead in a Sentence

  1. J. G. Ballard:

    I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!

  2. Benjamin Cavender:

    Even if Richard Liu's not there as a figurehead and not present in the press, Richard Liu's still likely going to be fairly involved in the business, i can't imagine Benjamin Cavender being wired to step away, I think this is damage control.

  3. Jason Blazakis:

    The fracturing we've witnessed may be evolving to a point where, if they could find a figurehead it could be really dangerous to unite these organizations.

  4. Chrissie Hynde:

    I'm not a figurehead for anything. I was a single mom with two kids. What else was I going to do? It was either be in a band or be a waitress.

  5. Jen Welter:

    You can learn it without playing, but I think for the first woman to be kind of that figurehead, I think they'll have to kind of see the highlights, kind of be without a doubt, like this was a ballplayer and I respect this person beyond gender. I respect them for what they did for the game. I think when you have that, it will open up the doors and make them more receptive.

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Translations for figurehead

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  • GalionsfigurGerman
  • ξόανοGreek
  • hombre de paja, testaferro, mascarón de proa, figura decorativaSpanish
  • keulakuvaFinnish
  • figure de proueFrench
  • fantoccio, prestanome, uomo di paglia, polenaItalian
  • pākurukuru, pītauMāori
  • boegbeeldDutch
  • figurantPolish
  • номинальный глава, гальюнная фигура, подставное лицо, носовое украшениеRussian
  • förgrundsgestalt, galjonsfigur, galjonsbildSwedish

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