mon·arch | \ ˈmä-nərk , -ˌnärk \

Definition of monarch 

1 : a person who reigns over a kingdom or empire: such as

a : a sovereign ruler

b : a constitutional (see constitutional entry 1 sense 3) king or queen

2 : one that holds preeminent position or power cotton, monarch of the textile worldWall Street Journal

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Other words from monarch

monarchal \mə-ˈnär-kəl, mä- \ or monarchial \-kē-əl \ adjective

Synonyms for monarch


baron, captain, czar (also tsar), king, lion, lord, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon

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Examples of monarch in a Sentence

a new history of French monarchs the ruling monarch of Britain at that time was Queen Elizabeth I

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The president and his wife, Melania, are not expected to make waves during the visit with the 92-year-old monarch., "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 The christening formally welcomes the child, fifth in line to the British throne, into the Church of England, which is governed by the ruling monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Nardine Saad,, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018 Until now, much debate has surrounded the visit and the question of whether a meeting with the monarch would go ahead. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Theresa May called Trump’s caging of children ‘disturbing.’ That won’t stop the president from meeting the queen.," 21 June 2018 The two political rivals then posed for a photo with the monarch. Joseph Wilson,, "With a new Spanish leader, what's next for Catalonia?," 2 June 2018 Janet Sutherland rose to the occasion, crafting a long, flowing gown inspired by the monarch's wedding dress using Spitalfields silk and Honiton lace, the Telegraph reports. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Louis and Prince George Wore a Different Christening Gown Than Prince William," 9 July 2018 One June 14, less than one month after officially becoming a royal, Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II traveled to Cheshire, England together aboard the monarch's private train. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Taking Over One of Queen's Elizabeth's Favorite Royal Duties," 24 June 2018 Take a look at all of the monarch's most colorful looks through the years below. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Wore Green at Her First Event with Meghan Markle for a Significant Reason," 14 June 2018 Hundreds of people had queued for hours and cheered as the monarch and Meghan arrived at the bridge to meet architects, planners and community members. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Joins the Queen For Her First Royal Outing Without Harry," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of monarch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monarch

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

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English Language Learners Definition of monarch

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


mon·arch | \ ˈmä-nərk , -ˌnärk \

Kids Definition of monarch

1 : a person who reigns over a kingdom or an empire

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