monarch

noun

mon·​arch ˈmä-nərk How to pronounce monarch (audio)
-ˌnärk
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
3
monarchal adjective
or monarchial

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 For example, only a sitting monarch can agree to a request by the prime minister to dissolve Parliament or invite the leader of the political party who has just won a majority in an election to form a new government. John Otis, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The 75-year-old monarch was pictured in the back of a car alongside Queen Camilla, 76, as the pair were driven to Clarence House, his longtime residence in London, on Tuesday morning. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Since last Monday, when Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III had been diagnosed with cancer, the seventy-five-year-old monarch has been the subject of both hand-wringing concern and frenzied speculation. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 He’s been thrust into a role that not too long ago Charles was doing for the late Queen Elizabeth II – stepping in as needed while the monarch was temporarily unavailable. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Recommended The monarch also gives royal assent to bills passed by Parliament, meaning that all legislation must receive his sign-off to become law. Sylvia Hui, Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 Whether the monarch owes the world more information about his health than other Britons do is a tense subject. Laurie Kellman, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 The British monarch was diagnosed with an unspecified cancer. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 In a video cameo, Cruise gave the monarch a shoutout while in a fighter jet. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Monarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monarch. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

monarch

noun
mon·​arch ˈmän-ərk How to pronounce monarch (audio)
-ˌärk
1
: a person who reigns over a kingdom or empire: as
a
: a ruler who has total power
absolute monarch
b
: someone who acts primarily as chief of state and who has only limited powers
constitutional monarch
2
: someone or something like a monarch
the oak is the monarch of the forest
3
monarchal adjective
or monarchial

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