Definitions for monarchyˈmɒn ər ki

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monarchy(noun)

    an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority

Wiktionary

  1. monarchy(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: From μοναρχία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monarchy(noun)

    a state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch

  2. Monarchy(noun)

    a system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch

  3. Monarchy(noun)

    the territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom

  4. Origin: [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. . See Monarch.]

Freebase

  1. Monarchy

    A monarchy is a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in a single individual. Forms of monarchy differ widely based on the level of legal autonomy the monarch holds in governance, the method of selection of the monarch, and any predetermined limits on the length of their tenure. When the monarch has no or few legal restraints in state and political matters, it is called an absolute monarchy and is a form of autocracy. Cases in which the monarch's discretion is formally limited are called constitutional monarchies. In hereditary monarchies, the office is passed through inheritance within a family group, whereas elective monarchies are selected by some system of voting. Historically these systems are most commonly combined, either formally or informally, in some manner. Finally, there are situations in which the expiration of a monarch’s reign is set based either on the calendar or on the achievement of certain goals The effect of historical and geographic difference along each of these three axes is to create widely divergent structures and traditions defining “monarchy.”

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'monarchy' in Nouns Frequency: #2970


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