monarch

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English[edit]

A monarch butterfly.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French monarque, from Late Latin monarcha, from Ancient Greek μονάρχης (monárkhēs), variant of μόναρχος (mónarkhos, sole ruler), from 'μόνος (mónos, only) + ἀρχός (arkhós, leader).

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monarch (plural monarchs)

  1. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25.
      Never was monarch better fear'd and lov'd / Than is your Majesty.
  2. The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, and other of genus Danaus, found primarily in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
  3. (Australia, slang) Police.
    • 1961, Nene Gare, The Fringe Dwellers, Text Classics 2012, p. 41:
      ‘Skippy gets off. An ya know the first thing e says to them monarch? E turns round on em an yelps, “An now ya can just gimme back that bottle.”’

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See monarchy#Usage notes

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A monarch can have any of the following titles:

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Latin monarchia, from Ancient Greek μονάρχης (monárkhēs), variant of μόναρχος (mónarkhos, sole ruler), from 'μόνος (mónos, only) + ἀρχός (arkhós, leader).

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  • Hyphenation: mo‧narch

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monarch m (plural monarchen, diminutive monarchje n)

  1. monarch

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