noun, plural mon·ar·chies.
Origin of monarchy
Examples from the Web for monarchy
Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?
Ever since, the Saudis have seen the Brotherhood as both a domestic and geopolitical threat to the monarchy.
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?|Emma Woolf|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is would fit a monarchy better: “What is the king feeling today?”God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court|Jedediah Purdy|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rameses first subdued the Arabians and Libyans, and annexed them to the Egyptian monarchy.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III|John Lord
He never intrigued for the restoration of the monarchy, or even for the overthrow of that Republic which he loathed.El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
In a monarchy so essentially personal the preparation of the heir to the throne for his position should have been the chief task.
This German diplomacy may be all right in a monarchy of the most limited type but it will not go at all in a modern democracy.Face to Face with Kaiserism|James W. Gerard
With the restoration of the monarchy came the restoration of the Cathedral.The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
British Dictionary definitions for monarchy
noun plural -chies
Word Origin and History for monarchy
"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).
Culture definitions for monarchy
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.)