monarchy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɒnərki/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɑnɚki/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(monər kē)


Inflections of 'monarchy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": monarchies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mon•ar•chy /ˈmɑnɚki/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -chies. 
  1. 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.
  2. Government the fact or state of being a monarchy:[uncountable]Some consider monarchy to be the best form of government.
See -arch-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mon•ar•chy  (monər kē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -chies. 
  1. Governmenta state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch. Cf.  absolute monarchy, limited monarchy. 
  2. 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. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
monarchy /ˈmɒnəkɪ/ n ( pl -chies)
  1. 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
  2. a country reigned over by a king, prince, or other monarch
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