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

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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Also detained is a senior royal, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, who served as governor of Riyadh and is a son of the previous monarch, King Abdullah. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Still Detaining Dozens From Corruption Crackdown," 4 July 2018 Per the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917, only male-line grandchildren of the monarch receive the title prince or princess. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Zara Tindall Is One of the Most Impressive Royals Ever," 22 June 2018 From their captivating gazes to their matching royal hair part, Charlotte has inherited the very best of the 92-year-old monarch. Dave Quinn,, "Princess Charlotte Is Once Again the Queen's Mini-Me in Adorable New Shades: See the Photos!," 12 June 2018 Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch in British history, has shown herself to be unflappable when the unexpected occurs., "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 Prairie plants provide other benefits besides monarch habitat. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 In the photograph from Buckingham Palace two years ago when he was handed the Queen’s Medal for Music, the monarch looks the size of a small child next to the composer. Mark Swed,, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018 The monarch’s 13-year-old son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, wrote a card in German, wishing the rescue mission success, according to the Royal Household Bureau. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 Speaking of the famous French monarch, Café Poupon and sister store Pâtisserie Poupon will pull out the recipe for a brioche pastry filled with orange blossom cream. Anna Muckerman,, "Taste France in Baltimore with these Bastille Day specials and events," 9 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, -ˌnärk\

Kids Definition of monarch

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

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