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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-yer-hed]
    • /ˈfɪg yərˌhɛd/
    • /ˈfɪɡ.ə.hed/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-yer-hed]
    • /ˈfɪg yərˌhɛd/

Definitions of figurehead word

  • noun figurehead a person who is head of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility: Most modern kings and queens are figureheads. 1
  • noun figurehead Nautical. a carved full-length figure or bust built into the bow of a sailing ship. 1
  • noun figurehead A nominal leader or head without real power. 1
  • noun figurehead ship: carved figure 1
  • noun figurehead leader without power 1
  • noun figurehead representative 1

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Origin of figurehead

First appearance:

before 1755
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1755-65; figure + head

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Parts of speech for Figurehead


figurehead popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

figurehead usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for figurehead

noun figurehead

  • cipher — A cipher is a secret system of writing that you use to send messages.
  • puppet — an artificial figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand, rods, wires, etc., as on a miniature stage. Compare hand puppet, marionette.
  • nonentity — a person or thing of no importance.
  • front — the foremost part or surface of anything.
  • nothing — no thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing.

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