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figurehead

noun [C] uk   /ˈfɪɡ.ə.hed/ us    /-jɚ-/

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
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