noun, plural mon·ar·chies.
Origin of monarchy
Synonyms for monarchy
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Contemporary Examples of monarchy
Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Ever since, the Saudis have seen the Brotherhood as both a domestic and geopolitical threat to the monarchy.The Middle East Cold War and U.S.
August 20, 2014
The stylish new family have been a breath of fresh air for the British monarchy.Happy Birthday, Prince George! Will the Wee Royal Be the First King of the 22nd Century?
July 21, 2014
The Guardian reported that “the cost of the monarchy to the public purse last year was £35.7m.”Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card
June 27, 2014
It is would fit a monarchy better: “What is the king feeling today?”God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court
June 22, 2014
Historical Examples of monarchy
So ended the last battle fought for the Monarchy of Granada!Leila, Complete
When did Our Lady of Lourdes mean to bring back the monarchy?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Practically all the nations of the monarchy were represented in the fortress.
He was aware that so restless a people, when they had overthrown the monarchy, would not limit the overthrow to their own country.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
This community is in itself a monarchy, composed of a queen, of males which are the drones, and of working bees called neuters.
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.)