monarch

[ mon-erk, -ahrk ]
/ ˈmɒn ərk, -ɑrk /

noun

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.

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Origin of monarch

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French monarche, monarch, from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek mónarchos “sole ruler, monarch”; see mon-, -arch

OTHER WORDS FROM monarch

an·ti·mon·arch, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monarch

monarch
/ (ˈmɒnək) /

noun

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
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Derived forms of monarch

Word Origin for monarch

C15: from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek; see mono-, -arch
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