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

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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 Although the absolute monarchy was abolished in Thailand in 1932, the monarch still wields significant political influence. Helen Regan, CNN, "Thousands gather in Bangkok demanding reforms," 19 Sep. 2020 The Domus Aurea project was also a mistake, criticized in its day as a lot more house than any absolute monarch would ever need. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020 For her secret wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on July 17, Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell dress from the Queen's own closet, as well as a tiara also loaned from the monarch. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Beatrice's Wedding Dress Will Go on Display at Windsor Castle," 8 Sep. 2020 Louisville was named after King Louis XVI due to the monarch's support for the colonies during the American Revolution. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is removing the downtown King Louis XVI statue at Sixth and Jefferson streets," 3 Sep. 2020 How did millions of monarch butterflies each year find their way thousands of miles from North America to a particular patch of fir groves in central Mexico? Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 According to The Sun, the Sussexes didn't get around to giving the monarch a head's up about the news. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Didn't Tell the Queen About Their Netflix Deal Before the News Broke," 5 Sep. 2020 But recently, prosecutors in Spain and in Switzerland have opened investigations into a web of offshore foundations, secret bank accounts, and business transactions involving people closely connected to the former monarch. Raphael Minder,, "Ending a mystery, Spain says ex-king is in UAE," 17 Aug. 2020 Their investigation, which is in early stages, is looking into whether the former monarch received millions of dollars in kickbacks from Saudi Arabia during the construction of a high-speed railway there by a Spanish consortium. Fox News, "Ex-Spanish King Juan Carlos in UAE amid growing financial scandal, royal officials confirm," 17 Aug. 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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23 Sep 2020

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“Monarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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