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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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 To bolster the monarch population, the Desert Botanical Garden a few years ago established the Great Milkweed Grow Out. Melina Zuñiga, azcentral, "Got milkweed? Desert Botanical Garden's program could help save Monarch butterflies," 9 June 2018 The monarch, 92, offered a big smile while her husband, Prince Philip, 97, appeared not to recognize Sarandon. Maura Hohman,, "Susan Sarandon Just Ignored Royal Etiquette — and the Queen Loved It," 26 June 2018 Held every year on the third Tuesday in September, Prinsjesdag is full of pomp and ceremony, including a royal procession by the monarch in a golden coach. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Brought Her Hat Game at This Morning's State Opening of Parliament," 18 Sep. 2018 The Peerage of the United Kingdom includes the titles Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron, which are all inherited or bestowed by a monarch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Pippa Middleton Actually Getting a Royal Title?," 15 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 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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