monarchy Definition

  • 1a form of government with a monarch at the head
  • 2a state that has a monarch

Using monarchy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "monarchy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The country is a constitutional monarchy.

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    The monarchy was abolished after the revolution.

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    The royal family is the symbol of the monarchy.

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    The history of the monarchy dates back to the Middle Ages.

monarchy Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for monarchy

Antonyms for monarchy

Idioms Using monarchy

  • the institution of monarchy as a whole, or the current monarch and their family


    The monarchy is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

  • a humorous term for a driver who behaves as if they own the road


    Watch out for that guy driving the sports car, he thinks he's the monarchy of the road.

  • a humorous term for a radio or television personality who dominates the airwaves


    Howard Stern was once considered the monarchy of the airwaves.

Phrases with monarchy

  • a form of government in which the monarch has complete control over the government and the people


    Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy.

  • a form of government in which the monarch's powers are limited by a constitution


    The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy.

  • a form of government in which the monarch is elected rather than inheriting the position


    The Holy Roman Empire was an elective monarchy.

Origins of monarchy

from Greek 'monarkhia', from 'monos' meaning 'single' + 'arkhein' meaning 'to rule'


Summary: monarchy in Brief

'Monarchy' [ˈmɑːnəki] refers to a form of government where a monarch is the head of state. It can be either a state that has a monarch or the form of government itself. Examples include the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom and the absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Phrases like 'the monarchy' refer to the institution of monarchy as a whole, while idioms like 'monarchy of the road' and 'monarchy of the airwaves' are used humorously to describe someone who dominates a particular area.

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