noun, plural mon·ar·chies.
Origin of monarchy
Examples from the Web for monarchies
It might be meek, and fiercely fought over, compared to the fearful stability and dominance of monarchies and one-party regimes.
Indeed, the monarchies are, weirdly enough, looking to be among the most stable entities around.
The Persian Gulf monarchies, for example, are wealthier and more powerful, with less organized opposition.
This Government is not one of the three monarchies, nor one of the three republics.Parisian Points of View|Ludovic Halvy
I think that they will not bear the monarchies, they will not have either of them, they put them away.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The first of these struggles will affect all Christendom; the third may once again shake the monarchies of Europe.Colloquies on Society|Robert Southey
These monarchies are divided into eparchies and domarchies, the later under the control of the mayor, elected by the people.Cities of the Dawn|J. Ewing Ritchie
The monarchies were united not only by a natural community of interests, but by family alliances.The History of Freedom|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
noun plural -chies
"state ruled by monarchical government," mid-14c.; "rule by one person," late 14c.; from Old French monarchie "sovereignty, absolute power" (13c.), from Late Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhia "absolute rule," literally "ruling of one," from monos "alone" (see mono-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon).
A system of government in which one person reigns, usually a king or queen. The authority, or crown, in a monarchy is generally inherited. The ruler, or monarch, is often only the head of state, not the head of government. Many monarchies, such as Britain and Denmark, are actually governed by parliaments. (See absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy.)