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Pronunciation:  'figyur`hed

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
  2. [n]  a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

FIGUREHEAD is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: front, front man, nominal head, straw man
 See Also: beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, figure, slicker, trickster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fig"ure*head`\, n.
1. (Naut.) The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a

2. A person who allows his name to be used to give standing
   to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or
   duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.

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