- 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.
- monarch butterfly.
Origin of monarch
Examples from the Web for monarchs
If a Queen did cheat, her crimes fade into insignificance compared to the extensive philandering engaged in by medieval monarchs.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
Attacking ISIS is only part of the game, and the monarchs flying with the U.S. have their own agendas.Obama’s Arab Backers May Draw the U.S. Deep Into the Mideast Quagmire
September 25, 2014
And, in the aftermath, those thousands of Monarchs passed through, their colors even brighter against the smoke and ash.
But the biggest factor is thought to be an accompanying decrease in milkweed, where the Monarchs lay their eggs along the way.
He had, as Weisbrode points out, a great reverence for the institution of monarchy, but a spotty record with monarchs.Bags of Swank: The Unlikely Alliance Between Churchill and George VI
October 19, 2013
When a youth he began instructing the monarchs of Europe in the use of a government.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
Monarchs and heroes, sages and lovers, these gallants are not.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What he feels is pain, when he reflects that he has less himself than other monarchs.Hiero
The two monarchs had been friends in childhood, but they had not met for many years.
The monarchs of foreign countries often wrote to him soliciting his aid.
- 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
Word Origin and History for monarchs
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.