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[mon-erk, -ahrk]
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  1. a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor.
  2. a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation.
  3. a person or thing that holds a dominant position: a monarch of international shipping.
  4. monarch butterfly.
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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
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Related Words for monarch

queen, king, emperor, sovereign, majesty, autocrat, prince, empress, potentate, despot, princess

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British Dictionary definitions for monarch


  1. a sovereign head of state, esp a king, queen, or emperor, who rules usually by hereditary right
  2. a supremely powerful or pre-eminent person or thing
  3. Also called: milkweed a large migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, that has orange-and-black wings and feeds on the milkweed plant: family Danaidae
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Derived Formsmonarchal (mɒˈnɑːkəl) or monarchial (mɒˈnɑːkɪəl), adjectivemonarchally, adverbmonarchical or monarchic, adjectivemonarchically, adverbmonarchism, nounmonarchist, noun, adjectivemonarchistic, adjective

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.

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