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mon·ar·chy

 (mŏn′ər-kē, -är′-)
n. pl. mon·ar·chies
1. Government by a monarch.
2. A state ruled or headed by a monarch.

[Middle English monarchie, from Old French, from Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhiā, from monarkhos, monarch; see monarch.]

mo·nar′chi·al (mə-när′kē-əl) adj.

monarchy

(ˈmɒnəkɪ)
n, pl -chies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king, and whose powers can vary from those of an absolute despot to those of a figurehead
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a country reigned over by a king, prince, or other monarch

mon•ar•chy

(ˈmɒn ər ki)

n., pl. -chies.
1. a government or state in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch.
2. supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.
3. the fact or state of being a monarchy.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek]

monarchy

1. a governmental system in which supreme power is actually or nominally held by a monarch.
2. supreme power and authority held by one person; autocracy. — monarchie, monarchical, adj.
See also: Government

monarchy

A form of government headed by a hereditary ruler, such as a king or queen, or a country with this form of government.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monarchy - an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authoritymonarchy - an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
autocracy, autarchy - a political system governed by a single individual
parliamentary monarchy - a monarchy having a parliament
kingdom - a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state
empire - a monarchy with an emperor as head of state

monarchy

noun
1. sovereignty, despotism, autocracy, kingship, absolutism, royalism, monocracy a debate on the future of the monarchy
2. kingdom, empire, realm, principality The country was a monarchy until 1973.
Translations
الحُكومه المَلَكيهمَلْكِيةٌ
monarchie
monarki
monarkia
monarhija
monarchia
konungsríki; einvaldsríki; konungsveldi
君主制
군주제
monarchija
monarchia
monarhija
monarki
การปกครองโดยมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
chế độ quân chủ

monarchy

[ˈmɒnəkɪ] Nmonarquía f

monarchy

[ˈmɒnərki] n
(= system) → monarchie f
when France was a monarchy → lorsque la France était une monarchie
the monarchy (= royal family) → la monarchie

monarchy

nMonarchie f

monarchy

[ˈmɒnəkɪ] nmonarchia

monarch

(ˈmonək) noun
a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
ˈmonarchyplural ˈmonarchies noun
(a country etc that has) government by a monarch.

monarchy

مَلْكِيةٌ monarchie monarki Monarchie μοναρχία monarquía monarkia monarchie monarhija monarchia 君主制 군주제 monarchie monarki monarchia monarquia монархия monarki การปกครองโดยมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข kraliyet chế độ quân chủ 君主国
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