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monarch

Definition of monarch

Etymology

    Latin monarchia < Ancient Greek μονάρχης (monarchēs), variant of μόναρχος (monarchos), "sole ruler"), from 'μόνος (monos), "only") + ἀρχός (archos), "leader").

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈmɒnək/, SAMPA: /"mQn@k/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈmɑːnɚk/, SAMPA: /"mA:n@`k/
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Noun

monarch (plural monarchs)

  1. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.

    * 1598: Never was monarch better fear'd and lov'd Than is your Majesty. - Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25.

  2. A migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found in North America. See w:en:Monarch butterfly.

Synonyms

  • king
  • potentate
  • queen
  • sovereign

Derived terms

See also

A monarch can have any of the following titles:

  • emperor/empress
  • king/queen
  • prince/princess
  • grand duke/grand duchess

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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