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
Recent Examples of monarchy from the Web
The case is one of a number of recent morality scandals that has shaken the reputation of the Sangha, which — along with the monarchy and the nation — is one of the three traditional pillars of Thai society.
On a day like today, the Venezuelan people should be celebrating 206 years of their independence from the Spanish monarchy.
The French recognize Bastille Day as the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the modern republic.
Rising taxes and food shortages caused dissatisfaction with the monarchy among the lower classes and led to the revolution in 1789.
The Royal Family receives 25% of the profit made by the Crown Estate, an independent trust that runs the monarchy’s estate—including Buckingham Palace—during the previous two years.
In the newest excerpt of the book posted on the Daily Mail on Monday, Junor unveils a catalogue of mistakes in the marriage that rocked the British monarchy in the ’90s.
Forget about the monarchy lifting the ban on women driving any time soon.
In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has been at the leading edge of a confrontation with neighboring Qatar, a tiny, gas-rich monarchy with an outsized role in the Middle East's geopolitics.
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First Known Use of monarchy
MONARCHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monarchy for English Language Learners
: 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
MONARCHY Defined for Kids
Definition of monarchy for Students
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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