Definition of monarchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmänərkē/
Pronunciation: /ˈmänˌärkē/

noun (plural monarchies)

1A form of government with a monarch at the head.
Example sentences
  • You can see that the resulting difference in the constitution may be enormous: anywhere from social democracy to absolute monarchy.
  • The Spartan constitution was mixed, containing elements of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy.
  • Can people move directly from a clan-based system to democracy, skipping monarchy and feudalism?
1.1A state that has a monarch.
Example sentences
  • Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries.
  • When Prussia defeated France in 1870, it initiated the establishment of a new German Empire, a monarchy over monarchies.
  • Because of increasingly complex feudal contracts, English kings ruled parts of France and conflict between the two monarchies was common.
1.2 (the monarchy) The monarch and royal family of a country: the monarchy is the focus of loyalty and service
More example sentences
  • Do you think that's where the royal family and the monarchy will go?
  • The Crown and the Royal Family, the monarchy, stand for something to be proud of in this world today.
  • Of more immediate concern to the queen was probably the role of the monarchy itself and the vicissitudes of the royal family.


Late Middle English: from Old French monarchie, via late Latin from Greek monarkhia 'the rule of one'.

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Syllabification: mon·ar·chy

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