(en noun )
The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
* 1598 , (William Shakespeare), Henry V , Act II, Scene II, line 25.
The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus , found primarily in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
*1961 , (Nene Gare), The Fringe Dwellers , Text Classics 2012, p. 41:
*:‘Skippy gets off. An ya know the first thing e says to them monarch ? E turns round on em an yelps, “An now ya can just gimme back that bottle.”’
- Never was monarch better fear’d and lov’d / Than is your Majesty.
* (ruler) autocrat, autocrator, big man, despot, dictator, , potentate, sovereign, tyrant
* (ruler) emperor, empress, king, queen
* (Danaus plexippus)
A monarch can have any of the following titles:
* grand duke/grand duchess
A government in which sovereignty is embodied within a single, today usually hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
* An absolute monarchy is a monarchy where the monarch is legally the ultimate authority in all temporal matters.
* A constitutional monarchy is a monarchy in which the monarch’s power is legally constrained, ranging from where minor concessions have been made to appease certain factions to where the monarch is a figurehead with all real power in the hands of a legislative body.
The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
A form of government where sovereignty is embodied by a single ruler in a state and his high aristocracy representing their separate divided lands within the state and their low aristocracy representing their separate divided fiefs.
- What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
Historically refers to a wide variety of systems with a single, nominally absolute ruler (compare (m), (m)), today primarily refers to and connotes a traditional, hereditary position, often with mainly symbolic power. Typically used of rulers who use the terms (m)/(m) or (m)/(m).