from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A principality on the Mediterranean Sea consisting of an enclave in southeast France. Probably settled by Phoenicians, it has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. At various times Monaco was under the protection of Spain, Sardinia, and France but regained its sovereignty in 1861. The village of Monaco, or Monaco-Ville, is the capital. Population: 32,700.
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- proper n. A country in Europe. Official name: Principality of Monaco.
- proper n. The capital of the principality of Monaco.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin of the value of 58 sols, bearing the arms of the Prince of Monaco.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a constitutional monarchy in a tiny enclave on the French Riviera
From Ancient Greek μόνοικος (monoikos, "single house"), from μόνος (monos, "single, alone") + οἶκος (oikos, "house"), the name of the 6th century BC colony of Phocaeans and an epithet of Heracles (Hercules), Ἡρακλῆς Μόνοικος (Heracles Monoikos). According to an ancient Greek myth and a Ligurian legend, Heracles passed through the Monaco area. A temple was constructed there by Phocaeans, the temple of Heracles Monoikos (Strabo, Geography, Gaul, 4.6.3). (Wiktionary)