Definition of figurehead noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɪɡəhed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪɡjərhed//
    Parts of boats and ships
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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 See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
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