[ mon-erk, -ahrk ]
/ ˈmɒn ərk, -ɑrk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. monaghan,
  2. monal,
  3. monandrous,
  4. monandry,
  5. monanthous,
  6. monarch butterfly,
  7. monarchal,
  8. monarchianism,
  9. monarchic,
  10. monarchical

Origin of monarch

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin monarcha < Greek monárchēs sole ruler; see mon-, -arch

Related formsan·ti·mon·arch, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monarch


/ (ˈmɒnək) /


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
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

Word Origin for monarch

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

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Word Origin and History for monarch



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper