monarch

noun
mon·​arch | \ ˈmä-nərk How to pronounce monarch (audio) , -ˌnärk \

Definition of monarch

1 : a person who reigns over a kingdom or empire: such as
a : a sovereign ruler
b : a constitutional (see constitutional entry 1 sense 3) king or queen
2 : one that holds preeminent position or power cotton, monarch of the textile worldWall Street Journal

Other Words from monarch

monarchal \ mə-​ˈnär-​kəl How to pronounce monarch (audio) , mä-​ \ or monarchial \ mə-​ˈnär-​kē-​əl How to pronounce monarch (audio) , mä-​ \ adjective

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Examples of monarch in a Sentence

a new history of French monarchs the ruling monarch of Britain at that time was Queen Elizabeth I
Recent Examples on the Web The monarch passed the baton to Paralympian Kadeena Cox, who became the first baton bearer of the 294-day relay that took the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before arriving in Birmingham. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 Free from public duties, the monarch can relax and spend time with her family members, who also often make the trip. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 22 July 2022 The migratory monarch is a subspecies of the monarch butterfly and is known for its annual migration from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada. Li Cohen, CBS News, 21 July 2022 The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration like birds, according to the US Forest Service. Madeline Holcombe And Jalen Beckford, CNN, 21 July 2022 The 96-year-old monarch held a virtual audience with new U.S. ambassador Jane Hartley from the safety of Windsor Castle. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 The 96-year-old monarch held a virtual audience with new U.S. ambassador Jane Hartley from the safety of Windsor Castle. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 The 96-year-old monarch held a virtual audience with new U.S. ambassador Jane Hartley from the safety of inside Windsor Castle. The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2022 Biden was shown shaking hands with King Salman, the 86-year-old monarch who suffers from poor health, including two hospitalizations this year, while the crown prince looked on. Arkansas Online, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monarch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monarch

Late Latin monarcha, from Greek monarchos, from mon- + -archos -arch

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The first known use of monarch was in the 15th century

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7 Aug 2022

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“Monarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monarch. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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monarch

noun
mon·​arch | \ ˈmä-nərk How to pronounce monarch (audio) , -ˌnärk \

Kids Definition of monarch

1 : a person who reigns over a kingdom or an empire

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