Definition of figurehead in English:

figurehead

Line breaks: fig¦ure|head
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪgəhɛd
 
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noun

  • 2A nominal leader or head without real power.
    More example sentences
    • The highest official is the prime minister, and the president is a figurehead with no real power.
    • We don't want bosses, figureheads or exalted leaders.
    • If the argument is that the sovereign is largely a figurehead with little real possibility of doing harm, then let's pick one of our own.
    Synonyms
    titular head, nominal leader, leader in name only, front man, cipher, token, mouthpiece, puppet, instrument, man of straw

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