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monarch

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noun mon·arch \ˈmä-nərk, -ˌnärk\

Simple Definition of monarch

  • : a person (such as a king or queen) who rules a kingdom or empire

Full Definition of monarch

  1. 1 :  a person who reigns over a kingdom or empire: as a :  a sovereign ruler b :  a constitutional king or queen

  2. 2 :  one that holds preeminent position or power

  3. 3 :  monarch butterfly

mo·nar·chal play \mə-ˈnär-kəl, mä-\ or mo·nar·chi·al play \-kē-əl\ adjective

Examples of monarch

  1. a new history of French monarchs

  2. <the ruling monarch of Britain at that time was Queen Elizabeth I>



Origin of monarch

Late Latin monarcha, from Greek monarchos, from mon- + -archos -arch


First Known Use: 15th century



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