- 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
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mon•ar•chy /ˈmɑnɚki/USA pronunciation n., pl. -chies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Government a government or state in which the supreme power is held by a monarch:[countable]The three monarchies joined together to form one kingdom.
- Government the fact or state of being a monarchy:[uncountable]Some consider monarchy to be the best form of government.
mon•ar•chy (mon′ər kē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -chies.
- Governmenta state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch. Cf. absolute monarchy, limited monarchy.
- Governmentsupreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.
- Greek monarchía. See monarch, -y3
- Late Latin monarchia
- Middle English monarchie 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See kingdom.
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monarchy /ˈmɒnəkɪ/ n ( pl -chies)
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-archy - Andrássy - Archy - Austria - Austria-Hungary - Burgundy - Central African Republic - Charles I - Charles XI - Coldstream Guards - Crown - Deak - Dual Monarchy - England - Ethiopia - Ferdinand II - Fifth Monarchy Men - France - French Revolution - Greece - Haakon IV - Hungary - Iran - Ireton - Juan Carlos - Kalmar - Kuwait - Lesotho - Libya - Louis XI - Malaysia - Monarchianism - Nepal - Norway - Ostrogoth - Pergamum - Portugal - Republican Party - Restoration - Rurik - Salic law - Savoy - Soviet Union - Theodoric - Umberto II - Victoria - Visigoth - Whig - absolute monarchy - commonwealth