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 French recognize Bastille Day as the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the modern republic.
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.
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.
Arab countries had initially dominated the Qatari monarchy after its independence in 1971.
But the British monarchy of the early 19th century, for all the weaknesses of its incumbents, survived because by this stage of history the kings and queens of England had very little real power.
Now the new military government was accusing her and another actor of insulting Thailand’s monarchy – a crime punishable by 15 years in prison under Thailand’s century-old lèse-majesté law.
But the story of Japan’s monarchy has a problem that may seem from an era long past.
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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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