from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A carved figure on the prow of a ship.
- n. A person given a position of nominal leadership but having no actual authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A carved figure on the prow of a sailing ship.
- n. Someone in a nominal position of leadership who has no actual power; a front or front man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornamental figure, as a statue or bust, on the projecting part of the head of a ship, over the cutwater and immediately under the bowsprit.
- n. Figuratively, a person put forward to represent or to appear to act for others, without having any real authority or responsibility.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
- n. figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
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