Adjective "figurehead" definition and examples

(Figurehead may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈfɪɡəhɛd/

Definitions and examples

noun

A carving, typically a bust or a full-length figure, set at the prow of an old-fashioned sailing ship.
  1. 'In America during the colonial era there had been many wood carvers creating ship's figureheads and church furnishings.'
  2. 'For instance, the figurehead was changed to an allegorical figure that evoked the ship's new name.'
  3. 'There were handsome ships anchored in the harbor, many-sailed with delicately carved figureheads.'
  4. 'Included are live demonstrations by a museum carver on how sailors depicted women on figureheads which, when placed on the bow of a ship, served to ward off harm at sea.'
  5. 'The incomers were principally craftsmen, carving ships' figureheads and occasional portrait busts.'
  6. 'The figureheads, harking back to the days of sail, stand up to 1.5 metres (five feet) tall and have been suggested by Trafalgar 200 organisers to stimulate interest in all things nautical at an early age.'
  7. 'The ship was monstrous, and her figurehead suited her perfectly.'
  8. 'Because figureheads were intended to lead the ship onward in a rush of motion, neoclassical figures, in the final analysis, were not compatible.'
  9. 'She reached the anchored ship and recognized the figurehead upon its prow.'
  10. 'Examples of women as ornamentation can be traced back to the use of female figureheads on the prows of ships.'
A nominal leader or head without real power.
  1. 'The national sports council has long suffered from this problem as its head is looked upon as more of a figurehead than a leader well-versed and interested in sports.'
  2. 'Very few institutions change their chief figurehead every year.'
  3. 'The alternative is to look upon the monarch as a mere figurehead, a focal point for tradition, pomp and ritual on the great occasions of state.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'But who can be sure that having your political figurehead at the 45-minute presentation is a vote-winner?'
  6. 'If we are to have a figurehead as the leader of the nation, let it be the people's choice via the ballot box and not someone's birthright.'
  7. 'First, keep in mind that news anchors, like other constitutional monarchs, are primarily figureheads.'
  8. 'By 2011, the world was basically under the control of these five men, country leaders basically being political figureheads.'
  9. 'The highest official is the prime minister, and the president is a figurehead with no real power.'
  10. 'He was the first of a line of hereditary prime ministers who, although they kept the monarch as a ceremonial figurehead, ruled the country themselves for more than a century.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. Nautical. a carved full-length figure or bust built into the bow of a sailing ship.

More examples(as adjective)

"roles can be figurehead."

"leaders can be figurehead."

"presidents can be figurehead."

"heads can be figurehead."

"governorships can be figurehead."

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