mon·​ar·​chy | \ ˈmä-nər-kē How to pronounce monarchy (audio) also -ˌnär-\
plural monarchies

Definition of monarchy

1 : undivided rule or absolute sovereignty by a single person Saudi Arabia is governed by a monarchy.
2 : a nation or state having a monarchical government Britain is a monarchy.
3 : a government having a hereditary chief of state with life tenure and powers varying from nominal to absolute The country's hereditary monarchy survived for centuries.

Examples of monarchy in a Sentence

the French monarchy of the 18th century

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The statement to me is that royalty doesn’t have to be attached to the monarchy or royal blood. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "NYFW: Beyoncé-Loved South African Label Maxhosa Makes Regal Debut," 6 Sep. 2019 Thailand’s generals have seized power 12 times since a revolution brought an end to absolute monarchy in 1932. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 Hawaii's state constitution requires all land originally belonging to the monarchy be held in a public trust and used to benefit native Hawaiians. Jason Davis, NBC News, "A huge telescope in Hawaii could lead us to alien life. First it has to get off the ground.," 18 Aug. 2019 Thanks to her affluent upbringing and familial ties to the monarchy, the Duchess now has a good amount of money to her name. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Camilla Parker Bowles Had Such a Huge Net Worth Before Marrying Prince Charles," 10 July 2019 Cubs of the alpha female inherit the rank immediately below hers, similar to a monarchy. Christine Dell'amore, National Geographic, "Hyenas have a bad rap—but they’re Africa’s most successful predator," 14 June 2019 In exchange for these derogations of Palestinian rights, the Palestinians are to be offered money, collected from the Gulf monarchies, an offer that is presumably to be formalized at a conference in late June in Bahrain. Rashid Khalidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Neocolonial Arrogance of the Kushner Plan," 12 June 2019 The royal monarchy is looking for someone interested in pursuing a hospitality career, but no previous housekeeping or hospitality experience is necessary for this position. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Queen Wants to Hire Her Own Personal Marie Kondo For Buckingham Palace," 29 Aug. 2019 India had granted this special status when the state, at that time a monarchy, acceded to the country soon after independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India will have a difficult time resurrecting democracy in Kashmir," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of monarchy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of monarchy

: a country that is ruled by a monarch (such as a king or queen)
: a form of government in which a country is ruled by a monarch


mon·​ar·​chy | \ ˈmä-nər-kē How to pronounce monarchy (audio) \
plural monarchies

Kids Definition of monarchy

1 : a state or country having a king or queen
2 : a form of government headed by a king or queen

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