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 \ -​kē-​əl How to pronounce monarchial (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for monarch


autocrat, potentate, ruler, sovereign (also sovran)

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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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As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour, Kate accompanied the monarch on a visit to Leicester. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II's Relationship Is Really Like," 19 Mar. 2019 The couple might get another title upgrade sooner though, when Prince Charles becomes the monarch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 In honor of the premiere of new episodes, the cast recreated Franz Winterhalter's iconic 1846 painting of the royal family. The portrait depicts Victoria as both the monarch and a mother, a theme which resonates through the show's third season. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Cast of Victoria Just Recreated an Iconic Portrait of the Royal Family," 24 Mar. 2019 Eschewing a luxury label, the Spanish monarch slipped on Zara’s below-the-knee skirt in an all-over snakeskin print, which currently retails for $19.99 on sale. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Queen Letizia Has Fashion’s Hottest New Skirt Trend for Under $20," 18 Jan. 2019 That record shows monarch populations have been dropping alarmingly fast. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Monarch Butterflies Are on the Verge of Extinction," 17 Jan. 2019 At the Palm Springs International Film Awards, Timmy was presented with the Spotlight Award for Beautiful Boy by none other than our monarch Laura Dern. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, January 4 Edition," 4 Jan. 2019 Back in April, the 92-year-old mourned the loss of Willow, the last in a royal line of corgis that gave the monarch joy during her reign. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth banned her beloved corgis from the bedroom because they snored, doc claims," 22 Aug. 2018 But Trump is joining a long line of U.S. leaders who have met the world’s longest-reigning monarch since her coronation in 1952. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 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 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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