What does figurehead mean?

Definitions for figurehead
ˈfɪg yərˌhɛdfig·ure·head

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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


  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.


  1. Figurehead

    In politics, a figurehead is a person who de jure (in name or by law) appears to hold an important and often supremely powerful title or office, yet de facto (in reality) exercises little to no actual power. This usually means that they are head of state, but not head of government. The metaphor derives from the carved figurehead at the prow of a sailing ship.


  1. figurehead

    A figurehead is a person who holds a particular title or position while the real power lies with someone else. This person is often seen as a symbol or representative, rather than an active leader or decision-maker. This term also refers to an ornamental representation, often a bust or a full-length figure, mounted at the front of a ship.

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


  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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  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. Christine Hallquist:

    Unfortunately, because of her background and reputation, she has become the figurehead we don’t want, she hasn’t really done anything to raise the voices of those who can’t speak for themselves.

  2. 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.

  3. Alvin Tan:

    The 'out' camp were struggling to get a figurehead who was popular and Boris has given them that boost, i think there is genuine worry that Britain might vote to leave and the uncertainty is going to rise into the referendum.

  4. Aoibhin Meghen:

    The Pope needs to take responsibility for the actions of Pope John Paul II clergy, although Leo Varadkar hopefully hasn't had any involvement in the abuse, Leo Varadkar is the figurehead for the church, so it's Leo Varadkar responsibility to promise action and retribution for the people who have been wronged.

  5. Salma Shah:

    This administration wants to unsettle and dislodge establishment institutions that it believes have failed the public for decades, dom is the symbolic figurehead of a group of people who have all wanted this for years. They are tight-knit and very loyal to him.

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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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