Figurehead - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪɡjərhed|  American pronunciation of the word figurehead
Brit.  |ˈfɪɡəhɛd|  British pronunciation of the word figurehead

noun

- a person used as a cover for some questionable activity (syn: front, strawman)
- figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

Examples

The king is merely a figurehead; the government is really run by elected officials.

The Queen is merely a figurehead.

He was a figurehead without real power.

He has no real power; he is just a figurehead.

...an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead...

Word forms

noun
singular: figurehead
plural: figureheads
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