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Sep 16, 2008This week's theme
Words with nautical origins
This week's words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A person who is head of a group in name only, having no authority or responsibility.
ETYMOLOGY:The term is derived from the figurative use of the term figurehead which is an ornamental carving, usually of a human figure, on the bow of a ship. From Latin figure (form, shape) + Old English heafod (top of the body).
USAGE:"Recent years have seen rectors elected who take a more active role, rather than simply being a figurehead."
Fiona Macleod; Call for 'Student Champion' Rectors to Be Part of All Scots Universities; The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland); Sep 8, 2008.
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