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
In 1946, Italy held a referendum which resulted in the Italian monarchy being abolished in favor of a republic.
The surgery marked the first time a Japanese emperor was operated on outside of palace grounds, once more signaling the progressive direction of Akihito’s monarchy.
Bahrain is a majority Shiite nation ruled by a Sunni monarchy with close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which sent forces to help quell an Arab Spring style uprising in 2011.
Both settings are intimately associated with France’s ancient monarchy.
Trump's aides selected the Middle Eastern kingdom as the first stop, partially because the lavish lifestyle lived by its monarchy was bound to be extended to the President.
During the past seventy years, the Saudi monarchy has struck many, many arms deals with the U.S., including a $60.5 billion agreement with the Obama Administration, in 2010.
Some of the old monarchies and religious regimes begin to topple.
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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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