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monarch

[mon-erk, -ahrk] /ˈmɒn ərk, -ɑrk/
noun
1.
a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor.
2.
a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation.
3.
a person or thing that holds a dominant position:
a monarch of international shipping.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin monarcha < Greek monárchēs sole ruler; see mon-, -arch
Related forms
antimonarch, adjective, noun
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Examples for monarchs
  • And tasty viceroy butterflies are safe from birds because they resemble monarchs, which are unpalatable.
  • And then, as all monarchs do eventually, she declined.
  • monarchs obviously also use chemical defenses, but they don't eat extra milkweed when a flock of birds shows up.
  • monarchs and other migratory species use a complex combination of navigational aids that scientists do not yet fully understand.
  • Find out what scientists are saying about the monarchs' amazing journey.
  • We have watched her in refugee camps and war-zone sandstorms, with villagers and reigning monarchs.
  • The procession was part of that continuity which monarchs can bestow.
  • Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars' shadows.
  • Sometimes monarchs capriciously granted indefinite exclusive rights to someone they favoured.
  • monarchs were not far behind the church in their suspicion, requiring books to be licensed.
British Dictionary definitions for monarchs

monarch

/ˈmɒnək/
noun
1.
a sovereign head of state, esp a king, queen, or emperor, who rules usually by hereditary right
2.
a supremely powerful or pre-eminent person or thing
3.
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 monarchs

monarch

n.

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.

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