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figurehead (s) (noun), figureheads (pl)
1. The carving, sculpture, or statue of a person positioned at the prow of a vintage sailing ship: When Mrs. Jackson’s class visited the museum, the students were able to see an old-fashioned clipper with a figurehead of a woman at the front of it.
2. A formal leader without any control or authority: The ceremonial king or queen is a figurehead of a country and he or she can represent it, while others have the power to make actual governmental decisions.
A title of someone who is supposedly a head of a company but actually has no authority.
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