[mon-erk, -ahrk]


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.

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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Historical Examples of monarchs

  • When a youth he began instructing the monarchs of Europe in the use of a government.

  • Monarchs and heroes, sages and lovers, these gallants are not.

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  • What he feels is pain, when he reflects that he has less himself than other monarchs.



  • Jeanne, unawed by the threat, appealed to the monarchs of Europe for protection.

  • The two monarchs had been friends in childhood, but they had not met for many years.

British Dictionary definitions for monarchs



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 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper