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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But beyond demonstrating their terrible mortality through a monarch’s incessant murderous threats, Carroll reminds us, insistently, of what a body can do—particularly ones with gestational capability. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020 That provides the monarch with a quarter of the profits from the Crown Estate, which owns London property, the U.K. seabed as well as forests, wind farms and the Windsor Estate. Tom Metcalf,, "What Financial Freedom Means for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 10 May 2020 No European monarch was ever again a serious threat to reign in the Western Hemisphere. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Real History of Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2020 And the first monarchs have already been spotted in Kentucky. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "We know it's only May ... but you need to start thinking about your July pollinators now," 1 May 2020 With thousands dead amid the outbreak, the monarch decided that the celebratory display of military firepower would not be appropriate. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday with a Zoom party," 21 Apr. 2020 But before you plant, look up which milkweed seeds grows best in your region: While 73 species are native to the U.S., monarchs use only about 30 of them. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Few in Chicago need to be reminded that the city has a long history of mayors who have assumed the mantle of bosses, if not monarchs. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly in Charge and City Alderman Left Largely on the Sidelines," 21 Apr. 2020 The British monarch turned 94 on Tuesday, and members of the royal family celebrated with sweet tribute posts on social media. Stephanie Petit,, "See Kate Middleton and Prince William's Special Birthday Message to Queen Elizabeth," 21 Apr. 2020

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

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24 May 2020

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“Monarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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