Usage examples for figurehead

  1. He was one of the great railway presidents, was universally regarded as a power, though I, of course, knew that he, like so many other presidents of railways, of individual corporations, of banks, of insurance companies, and high political officials in cities, states and the nation, was little more than a figurehead put up and used by the inside financial ring. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  2. Coming down to the Italian republics, we should have to own that Venice, with her ducal figurehead had practically a court at which women shone as they do in monarchies; while in Florence, till the Medici established themselves in sovereign rule, women played scarcely a greater part than in Athens. – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  3. The Elmoran pointed her bow, and the long blade of the figurehead warrior's spear, toward Keegark. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr