monarchy

noun
mon·​ar·​chy | \ ˈmä-nər-kē How to pronounce monarchy (audio) also -ˌnär-\
plural monarchies

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

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And just like that, the world falls a little bit more in love with the new generation of the monarchy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See 3 New Adorable Portraits of Prince Louis," 22 Apr. 2019 After their victory in 1714 in the War of the Spanish Succession, in which most of the Catalan elite had ended up backing the losing Austrian side, the victorious Bourbons imposed an absolute and unitary monarchy. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 After years of reputational decline because of an army coup in 2014 — one of a dozen successful putsches since the country abolished an absolute monarchy in 1932 — Thailand’s military has been handed an opportunity to burnish its image. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 After years of reputational decline because of an army coup in 2014 — one of a dozen successful putsches since the country abolished an absolute monarchy in 1932 — Thailand’s military has been handed an opportunity to burnish its image. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 Being blamed in perpetuity for stealing a beloved, popular king from his throne and almost destroying the British monarchy would prove to be a lifelong annihilating burden that Wallis was forced to bear. Anna Pasternak, Town & Country, "How Wallis Simpson Reacted When King Edward VIII Revealed His Plans to Abdicate," 5 Mar. 2019 The Duke of Cambridge is the 4th successive generation of the monarchy to become an RAF pilot. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Princess Charlotte, Prince George's hilarious expressions captured during RAF flypast," 10 July 2018 Countries such as Egypt and the Gulf monarchies are using the language of combating extremism to justify detentions of human-rights activists and independent journalists and to shut down opposition voices online. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Muslim World Looks On as China Persecutes Its Muslims," 21 Feb. 2019 Looks like, between the Monaguese, British, and Swedish royal families, Europe’s monarchies could have quite the royal baby playgroup. Vogue, "Is 2018 Officially the Year of the Royal Baby? Charlotte Casiraghi Reportedly Gives Birth," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of monarchy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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monarchy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monarchy

: 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

noun
mon·​ar·​chy | \ ˈmä-nər-kē How to pronounce monarchy (audio) \
plural monarchies

Kids Definition of monarchy

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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