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

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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The skillful carver also makes us very aware of Ashurbanipal’s elaborate costumed splendor, and an oblong beard jutting down from his chin asserts the monarch’s proud virility as well. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018 That would unite the people and make the monarch popular. Alex Ward, Vox, "This historian spent 10 years researching wartime presidents. Trump scares him the most.," 5 Nov. 2018 As Queen Elizabeth mentioned in her message, the pair first met at the British monarch's coronation in 1953. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Honored Her Friend Queen Salote, Tonga's 6-Foot Queen Who Reigned for 48 Years," 25 Oct. 2018 But as fans of The Crown or Victoria know, potential royal titles still represent a huge matter of symbolic significance to both the monarch's family and the general public. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 The Duchess accessorized her bespoke Catherine Walker look with what People reports were pearl drop earrings borrowed from the monarch's collection. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Borrowed Queen Elizabeth II's Earrings in Scotland," 28 Aug. 2018 The researchers focused on the plants monarch caterpillars exclusively eat: milkweeds. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Just this past April, the British monarch lost Willow, the last descendant of the Queen Elizabeth's original corgi Susan. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Last Corgi Has Died," 26 Oct. 2018 The badge usually includes a small portrait of the monarch painted on ivory, surrounded by diamonds, and placed over a ribbon, and is only worn at formal events, like yesterday's state dinner. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Received an Extremely Important Honor from the Queen," 24 Oct. 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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