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Definition of "monarch" []

  • One who reigns over a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right, especially: (noun)
  • A sole and absolute ruler. (noun)
  • A sovereign, such as a king or empress, often with constitutionally limited authority: a constitutional monarch. (noun)
  • One that commands or rules: "I am monarch of all I survey” ( William Cowper). (noun)
  • One that surpasses others in power or preeminence: "Mont Blanc is the monarch of the mountains” ( Byron). (noun)
  • A sovereign head of state, esp a king, queen, or emperor, who rules usually by hereditary right (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A supremely powerful or pre-eminent person or thing (noun)
  • A large migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, that has orange-and-black wings and feeds on the milkweed plant: family Danaidae (noun)

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Use "monarch" in a sentence
  • "To this day, the monarch is the “commander-in-chief” of the British armed forces."
  • "Bowing your head to a monarch is an act of subservience."
  • "It's funny -- I think most Canadians agree that the monarch is a kind of pointless thing."