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monarch Syllabification: mon·arch
Pronunciation: /ˈmänərk/
/ˈmänˌärk/

Definition of monarch in English:

noun

1A sovereign head of state, especially a king, queen, or emperor.
Example sentences
  • Since then I have described the Queen as our monarch or sovereign, and the governor-general as our head of state.
  • The English and French monarchs were kings and queens of the land and not the people.
  • The British annexed Burma in 1886 during the reign of its last monarch - King Thibaw - who was taken to Calcutta, where he died in 1916.
Synonyms
Image of monarch
2 see monarch butterfly.
Example sentences
  • White-bellied sea eagle, Blue-throated flycatcher and black-naped monarch flycatcher were some of the birds that could be sighted in the city.

Derivatives

monarchal

1
Pronunciation: /məˈnärkəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This ideologically sets the country apart from other feudal, traditional, theocratic, primordial or monarchal systems of government.
  • He contended that every page of Mitford's History had falsehoods, all stemming from his anti-democratic passion and his excessive regard for monarchal and aristocratic power.
  • The classic seventeenth-century patriarchalism that linked monarchal and paternal creative power would not endure.

monarchial

2
Pronunciation: /məˈnärkēəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The system provides for the perpetration of a monarchial power structure that should have been abandoned with our first revolution 228 years ago.
  • The earliest block, found in the monarchial period, appears in fact to be the most recent.
  • Only three or four attained ministerial posts with some influence on national policies in an increasingly autocratic monarchial regime.

monarchic

3
Pronunciation: /məˈnärkik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Also, he was uncomfortable with formality, dignity or the symbolic and monarchic aspects of the Presidency.
  • The sceptre is believed to be a symbol for a monarchic or theocratic order, or a combination of the two.
  • For several centuries until the end of monarchic historical Armenia in 1045 and Cilicia in 1375, there were aristocratic noble houses with their respective court-related responsibilities.

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin monarcha, from Greek monarkhēs, from monos 'alone' + arkhein 'to rule'.

More
  • The word monarch comes via late Latin from Greek monarkhēs, from monos ‘alone’ and arkhein ‘to rule’. Monos also lies behind monastery (Late Middle English) which comes from monazein ‘to live alone’, while monk (Old English) comes from monakos ‘solitary’.

Words that rhyme with monarch

Kilmarnock • Greenock

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