[mon-er-kee] /ˈmɒn ər ki/
noun, plural monarchies.
a state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch.
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supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.
noun (pl) -chies
a form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king, and whose powers can vary from those of an absolute despot to those of a figurehead
a country reigned over by a king, prince, or other monarch
“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).
monarchy [(mon-uhr-kee, mon-ahr-kee)]
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.)
[mon-er-kiz-uh m] /ˈmɒn ərˌkɪz əm/ noun 1. the principles of monarchy. 2. advocacy of rule. n. 1640s, from monarchy + -ist. Related: Monarchistic. n. from French monarchisme, from monarchie (see monarchy).
[mon-erk, -ahrk] /ˈmɒn ərk, -ɑrk/ noun 1. a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor. 2. a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation. 3. a person or thing that holds a dominant position: a monarch of international shipping. 4. . /ˈmɒnək/ noun 1. a sovereign head of state, esp a king, […]
[muh-nahr-duh] /məˈnɑr də/ noun 1. any aromatic, erect plant belonging to the genus Monarda, of the mint family, native to North America, including horsemint and Oswego tea. /mɒˈnɑːdə/ noun 1. any mintlike North American plant of the genus Monarda: family Lamiaceae (labiates) See also horsemint (sense 2), bergamot (sense 4)
monarthric mon·ar·thric (mŏn-är’thrĭk) adj. Monarticular.