American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who reigns over a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right, especially:
- n. A sole and absolute ruler.
- n. A sovereign, such as a king or empress, often with constitutionally limited authority: a constitutional monarch.
- n. One that commands or rules: "I am monarch of all I survey” ( William Cowper).
- n. One that surpasses others in power or preeminence: "Mont Blanc is the monarch of the mountains” ( Byron).
- n. A monarch butterfly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief of a monarchy; a supreme governor for life, entitled variously emperor (or empress), king (or queen), czar (or czarina), sultan, shah, etc.; primarily, a sole or autocratic ruler of a state, but in modern times generally a hereditary sovereign with more or less limited powers. See monarchy.
- n. Any possessor of absolute power or superiority; one who or that which holds a dominating or preëminent position, literally or figuratively: as, the oak is the monarch of the forest.
- n. Synonyms King, etc. (see prince), potentate, autocrat, despot.
- n. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
- n. The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.
- n. One superior to all others of the same kind.
- n. A patron deity or presiding genius.
- n. (Zoöl.) A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus); -- called also
milkweed butterflyand monarch butterfly.
- adj. Superior to others; preëminent; supreme; ruling.
- n. large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
- n. a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
- Latin monarchia, from Ancient Greek μονάρχης (monarchēs), variant of μόναρχος (monarchos, "sole ruler"), from 'μόνος (monos, "only") + ἀρχός (archos, "leader"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English monarke, from Old French monarque, from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek monarkhos : mono-, mono- + arkhein, to rule. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To this day, the monarch is the “commander-in-chief” of the British armed forces.”
“Bowing your head to a monarch is an act of subservience.”
“It's funny -- I think most Canadians agree that the monarch is a kind of pointless thing.”
“Remember that British law still gives lots of nominal power to the monarch – the monarch is in charge of appointing the Prime Minister, of declaring war, of giving “assent” to legislation, etc.”
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“I mean, it's no less ridiculous than pledging allegiance to a hereditary monarch from a German background.”
“The monarch is smitten with Johnny, which could be a bit icky since (1) he is a minor and (2) an insect-human relationship based on physical attraction runs the risk of being classified as bestiality.”
“The monarch is actually a tropical animal, yet during the warmer months it is found as far north as James Bay in Canada.”
“The monarch is not only unusual for being one of the few insects that migrate.”
“Catholic faces Protestant, beautiful seductress faces virgin monarch, legitimate heir faces unlawful ruler, only to find that their stylized contrast provides the impetus for a more complex relation between self and other in which each confirms her autonomy only through her simultaneous incorporation and rejection of her foe.”
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