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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by a monarch.
  • n. A state ruled or headed by a monarch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
  • n. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
  • n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Supreme power wielded by a single person; absolute personal authority.
  • n. The principle of government by a monarch; the monarchical system.
  • n. A government in which the supreme power is either actually or nominally lodged in the hands of a monarch or sole ruler, who holds his position for life, generally with hereditary succession.
  • n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom; an empire.
  • n. In theology, the doctrine that there is in the Godhead only one principle (ἀρχή), cause (αἰτία), source or fountain (πηγή) of deity, namely God the Father, from whom the Son and the Holy Ghost derive their divinity. Also monorchia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority

Etymologies

Middle English monarchie, from Old French, from Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhiā, from monarkhos, monarch; see monarch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μοναρχία. (Wiktionary)

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