Examples from the Web for figurehead
How will we know if Kim, when he eventually surfaces, is ruler or figurehead?
He may be a figurehead, but the president who is elected today is worth keeping an eye on for signs of where Pakistan is going.
Indeed, Medvedev was never really more than a figurehead president, despite the theoretically huge powers attached to the job.
At the surface, the man who has emerged as the rescue attempt's figurehead is Laurence Golborne, the Chilean Minister of Mining.
He was the figurehead for D.C.'s ambitious school reform program—until he was found shot to death.
This led to the explanation of the name as derived from the head of an ox having served as the galley's figurehead.
Certainly; but I know, and every one else in the company guesses, that you are only the figurehead.A Star for a Night|Elsie Janis
From where she sat she could look up at the figurehead over the portico.Georgina of the Rainbows|Annie Fellows Johnston
The figurehead may have had some relation to the original or intended name of the ship prior to her purchase for conversion.The Pioneer Steamship Savannah: A Study for a Scale Model|Howard I. Chapelle
I see what you would like, Sir Julian: you want a figurehead guaranteed against collisions.The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome