Definition of figurehead noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    figurehead

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈfɪɡyərˌhɛd//
     
     
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  1. 1a person who is in a high position in a country or an organization but who has no real power or authority The president of the club is not just a figurehead.
  2. 2a large wooden statue, usually representing a woman, that used to be fixed to the front end of a ship
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