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

Other Words from monarch

monarchal \ mə-​ˈnär-​kəl How to pronounce monarch (audio) , mä-​ \ or monarchial \ mə-​ˈnär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce monarch (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 Aides were keen to emphasize following the announcement that the 96-year-old monarch continues with other duties, including virtual audiences and phonecalls. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 9 May 2022 However, the 96-year-old monarch will not attend the events. Stephanie Petit,, 5 May 2022 The 96-year-old monarch is staying home after recovering from some health issues, including a bout with COVID-19, though she may be visited by her family after the service. ELLE, 17 Apr. 2022 The 95-year-old British monarch has been forced to cut back on her duties since an unspecified illness in October, followed by a coronavirus infection last month. Harold Maass, The Week, 30 Mar. 2022 The 95-year-old monarch was deeply involved in planning the service, which included hymns and tributes from his charities. Danica Kirka, ajc, 29 Mar. 2022 The 95-year-old monarch recently tested positive for COVID-19 but on Tuesday returned to virtual duty by holding audiences to greet ambassadors via video. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old British monarch held virtual sessions with the ambassadors of Chad and Andorra. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 The palace announced Sunday that the 95-year-old monarch had contracted the virus. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Monarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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