Meaning of “figurehead” in the English Dictionary

"figurehead" in British English

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figureheadnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪɡ.ə.hed/ us /ˈfɪɡ.jɚ.hed/

figurehead noun [ C ] (PERSON)

someone who has the position of leader in an organization but who has no real power:

The president of this company is just a figurehead - the Chief Executive has day-to-day control.

figurehead noun [ C ] (MODEL)

a painted model, usually of a person, that in the past was attached to the front of a ship

(Definition of “figurehead” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"figurehead" in American English

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figureheadnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɪɡ·jərˌhed/

someone who has the position of a leader but who has no real power:

The company chairman is basically a figurehead.

(Definition of “figurehead” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)