monarch

noun
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 \ mə-​ˈnär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce monarchial (audio) , mä-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for monarch

Synonyms

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 royal procession conveys the monarch from nearby Windsor Castle, past the packed grandstands, to the Royal Enclosure. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: A summer spectacle with the royal seal of approval," 17 June 2019 Comparing the three shows how to deliver a reliably uncontroversial speech like a monarch, beat by beat. 1. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "How to write a speech like a queen," 5 June 2019 Royal names often honor important monarchs, princes, and lords that came before them, and this selection kept up with tradition. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The New Royal Baby Name Is Completely Unexpected," 27 Apr. 2018 In the wake of his brother's abdication, Albert took on the role of monarch, becoming King George VI in an official coronation ceremony on May 12, 1937. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Since then, the world has pretty much thought of nothing else, with royal family fans already discussing potential names for the little one and even contemplating its ambitious possible future as some kind of monarch/president combo. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Already Feeling the Baby Fever on Their Tour of Australia," 16 Oct. 2018 Following that, Meghan -- under the watchful eye of the monarch -- will attend a lunch at Chester Town Hall. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Meghan Markle joins the Queen for joint royal outing," 14 June 2018 When Edward bowed out as monarch, Albert became George VI and his oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was suddenly the heir apparent to the British crown. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Will Officially Hit 67 Years on the Throne This Week—But Here's Why She Won't Celebrate the Occasion," 3 Feb. 2019 Malaysia’s sultans chose a new king Thursday in a unique and secretive process following the unprecedented abdication of the previous monarch. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Malaysia Elects New King After Historic Abdication," 24 Jan. 2019

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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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monarch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monarch

: a person (such as a king or queen) who rules a kingdom or empire

monarch

noun
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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