noun Scot. and North England.
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WORDS THAT USE MON-
What does mon- mean?
Mono- comes from the Greek mónos, meaning “alone.”
Mon- is a variant of mono-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
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Examples of mon-
A monarch is “a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation,” such as a king or queen.
The first part of the word, mon-, means “alone, singular, one.” The second part, -arch, means “chief, leader, ruler.” Monarch literally translates to “single ruler.”
Monarch comes from the Greek mónarchos, using the equivalent form of mon- in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form mon-?
Many of the following terms use the equivalent form of mon- in Greek or Latin.
What are some other forms that mon- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters mono- or mon- is necessarily using the combining form to denote “one,” e.g., monitor and monumental. Learn more about the Latin root of these words at our entries for them.