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Webster 1913 Edition


Monarch

Mon′arch

,
Noun.
[F.
monarque
, L.
monarcha
, fr. Gr. [GREEK], [GREEK];
μόνοσ
alone + [GREEK] to be first, rule, govern. See
Archi-
.]
1.
A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.
He who reigns
Monarch
in heaven, . . . upheld by old repute.
Milton.
2.
One superior to all others of the same kind;
as, an oak is called the
monarch
of the forest
.
3.
A patron deity or presiding genius.
Come, thou,
monarch
of the vine,
Plumpy Bacchus.
Shakespeare
4.
(Zool.)
A very large red and black butterfly (
Danais Plexippus
); – called also
milkweed butterfly
and
monarch butterfly
.

Mon′arch

,
Adj.
Superior to others; preeminent; supreme; ruling.
Monarch savage.”
Pope.

Webster 1828 Edition


Monarch

MON'ARCH

,
Noun.
[Gr. sole, and a chief.]
1.
The prince or ruler of a nation, who exercises all the powers of government without control, or who is vested with absolute sovereign power; an emperor, king or prince invested with
an unlimited power. This is the strict sense of the word.
2.
A king or prince, the supreme magistrate of a nation, whose powers are in some respects limited by the constitution of the government. Thus we call the king of Great Britain a monarch, although he can make no law without the consent of parliament.
3.
He or that which is superior to others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest; a lion the monarch of wild beasts.
4.
One that presides; president; as Bacchus, monarch of the vine.

MON'ARCH

,
Adj.
Supreme; ruling; as a monarch savage.

Definition 2021


Monarch

Monarch

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German

Noun

Monarch m (genitive Monarchen, plural Monarchen, feminine Monarchin)

  1. monarch (head of state in a monarchy)

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English

A monarch butterfly.

Noun

monarch (plural monarchs)

  1. 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.
      Never was monarch better fear'd and lov'd / Than is your Majesty.
  2. The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found primarily in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
  3. (Australia, slang) Police.
    • 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.”’

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A monarch can have any of the following titles:

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: mo‧narch

Etymology

Latin monarchia, from Ancient Greek μονάρχης (monárkhēs), variant of μόναρχος (mónarkhos, sole ruler), from 'μόνος (mónos, only) + ἀρχός (arkhós, leader).

Noun

monarch m (plural monarchen, diminutive monarchje n)

  1. monarch

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