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[mon-erk, -ahrk] /ˈmɒn ərk, -ɑrk/
a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor.
a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation.
a person or thing that holds a dominant position:
a monarch of international shipping.
Origin of monarch
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin monarcha < Greek monárchēs sole ruler; see mon-, -arch
Related forms
antimonarch, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monarch
  • Until you're monarch of the world, everyone can steal your ideas.
  • But you will have reminded the public that no one is supposed to speak to a monarch without being spoken to first.
  • Imagine a monarch butterfly searching for nectar or a mate in a meadow on a humid afternoon in July.
  • On the way to town the daughter witnesses the sad legacy of a gold-obsessed monarch: starving families and ruined, barren fields.
  • The Shah has proved himself to be an enlightened monarch, a distinguished statesman, a wise and able administrator.
  • The fall migration of monarch butterflies is nothing short of navigational wizardry.
  • I've been seeing a ton of monarchs lately.
  • He comes across like a warrior forcing himself to behave like a monarch.
  • Apart from this geographic repositioning, however, he provides few truly new insights on Victoria as a monarch or an individual.
  • Sovereignty has moved from the monarch to parliament.
British Dictionary definitions for monarch


a sovereign head of state, esp a king, queen, or emperor, who rules usually by hereditary right
a supremely powerful or pre-eminent person or thing
Also called milkweed. a large migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, that has orange-and-black wings and feeds on the milkweed plant: family Danaidae
Derived Forms
monarchal (mɒˈnɑːkəl), monarchial (mɒˈnɑːkɪəl) adjective
monarchally, adverb
monarchical, monarchic, adjective
monarchically, adverb
monarchism, noun
monarchist, noun, adjective
monarchistic, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek; see mono-, -arch
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Word Origin and History for monarch

mid-15c., from Middle French monarque (14c.) or directly from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek monarkhes "one who rules alone" (see monarchy). As a type of large butterfly, from 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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