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, strawman(noun)

    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

  2. figurehead(noun)

    figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

Wiktionary

  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

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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  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. 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.

  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. Yuichiro Tamaki:

    This isn't over just because Takeda decided to step down, in my impression, he seemed to be just a figurehead.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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Translations for figurehead

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  • GalionsfigurGerman
  • ξόανοGreek
  • figura decorativa, mascarón de proa, testaferro, hombre de pajaSpanish
  • keulakuvaFinnish
  • figure de proueFrench
  • polena, fantoccio, prestanome, uomo di pagliaItalian
  • pākurukuru, pītauMāori
  • boegbeeldDutch
  • figurantPolish
  • номинальный глава, гальюнная фигура, подставное лицо, носовое украшениеRussian
  • galjonsfigur, galjonsbild, förgrundsgestaltSwedish

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