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frontman

[fruhnt-man]
noun, plural front·men [fruhnt-men] /ˈfrʌntˌmɛn/.
  1. a performer, as a singer, who leads a musical group.
  2. a person who serves as the nominal head of an organization and who represents it publicly.
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Also especially for 2, front man.

Origin of frontman

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; front + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for front man

front man

noun informal
  1. a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority, esp one who lends respectability to some nefarious activityGender-neutral form: figurehead
  2. the leader or visual focus of a group of musicians, usually the singer
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Also called: front person
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