monarchy

noun mon·ar·chy \ ˈmä-nər-kē also -ˌnär- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of monarchy

plural monarchies
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

  1. the French monarchy of the 18th century

Recent Examples of monarchy from the Web

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First Known Use of monarchy

15th century



MONARCHY Defined for English Language Learners

monarchy

noun

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

monarchy

noun mon·ar·chy \ ˈmä-nər-kē \

Definition of monarchy for Students

plural monarchies
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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