mon·​arch | \ ˈmä-nərk How to pronounce monarch (audio) , -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 How to pronounce monarchal (audio) , mä-​ \ or monarchial \ mə-​ˈnär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce monarchial (audio) , mä-​ \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web That prompted new legislation for how younger royals should behave; for instance, following a 1770 law, the monarch had to approve marriages of younger royals. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Prince Harry, now back at work, is part of a long tradition of disgruntled ‘spare heirs’," 16 Jan. 2020 Raised in Tehran, Madjlessi was brought to the United States by his mother in 1977, two years before the Iranian Revolution toppled the country’s last monarch. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Amplified hostility between US, Iran puts Bay Area communities on edge," 13 Jan. 2020 The new ruler, who was Oman’s culture minister, spoke after being named successor to Sultan Qaboos, the Middle East’s longest-ruling monarch whose death was announced Saturday., "New Oman ruler vows to uphold late sultan’s peaceful policy," 11 Jan. 2020 Under the terms of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the monarch was required to give consent to any marital match of his or her heirs under the age of twenty-five; this requirement persists, in a different legal form. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 The result was a constitutional crisis and an intolerable puzzle for the king, who had long dreaded becoming monarch. National Geographic, "Is Prince Harry abdicating? Not so fast.," 9 Jan. 2020 Yet, today’s popular Kerala culture has reduced that mighty monarch to a bumbling, rotund caricature. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 When the shah’s rule became untenable at the start of 1979, the State Department first turned to David Rockefeller for help relocating the Iranian monarch in the United States. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "How Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2019 Now 93 and on the throne longer than any other British monarch, Elizabeth has been the glue that has helped to hold her fractious country together. Washington Post, "The British royal family is struggling through scandals. Can ‘The Crown’ help?," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of monarch was in the 15th century

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monarch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce monarch (audio) , -ˌnärk \

Kids Definition of monarch

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

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