Meaning of monarchy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɒnəki/

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mass noun
  • 1A form of government with a monarch at the head.

    ‘You can see that the resulting difference in the constitution may be enormous: anywhere from social democracy to absolute monarchy.’
    • ‘The Spartan constitution was mixed, containing elements of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy.’
    • ‘Can people move directly from a clan-based system to democracy, skipping monarchy and feudalism?’
    • ‘The history of the world is a history of systems: monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, what you will.’
    • ‘He ridiculed the very idea of monarchy and turned the political debate in a decisively republican direction.’
    • ‘His reign marked a significant advance from personal monarchy towards the bureaucratised state of the future.’
    • ‘The Second Empire almost solved the problem of reconciling monarchy and democracy - but not quite, and not in time.’
    • ‘The first one I have put up is a rather whimsical article by an American journalist on why constitutional monarchy is the best form of government.’
    • ‘Of course even such symbolic discrimination is wrong, but monarchy is by definition a rejection of social equality.’
    • ‘Aristotle produced a complex taxonomy of constitutions, the three main types of which are monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy.’
    • ‘It did not depend on the formal characteristics of the state - monarchy or republic, constitutional or authoritarian.’
    • ‘A universal franchise and limited government are better than monarchy or tyranny.’
    • ‘A new constitution was promulgated restoring constitutional monarchy.’
    • ‘The rebels are spearheading a violent campaign to set up a republican state by abolishing constitutional monarchy in Nepal.’
    • ‘Much of what Australian republicans sought was achieved under constitutional monarchy.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be about ideology and heroism, but in reality, it was just a new brand of monarchy.’
    • ‘It acknowledges darkness, as well as the historic bookends of oppressive monarchy and violent fascism.’
    • ‘Discussions about republican Rome were also at that time a way of masking criticisms of monarchy, in a society where open criticism was impossible.’
    • ‘The snobbery and hatred of meritocracy that have been revealed this week are simply inevitable further by-products of monarchy.’
    • ‘Khan said a large number of people in Nepal said the king's recent action was not in keeping with constitutional monarchy.’
    kingship, sovereignty, autocracy, monocracy, absolutism, absolute power, despotism
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    1. 1.1count noun A state that has a monarch.
      ‘Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries.’
      • ‘When Prussia defeated France in 1870, it initiated the establishment of a new German Empire, a monarchy over monarchies.’
      • ‘Because of increasingly complex feudal contracts, English kings ruled parts of France and conflict between the two monarchies was common.’
      • ‘If Britain and Sweden provided working models of parliamentary monarchies, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth offered a salutary lesson of another kind.’
      • ‘Tiberius did not shrink from annexing dependent monarchies: Germanicus took over Commagene and Cappadocia, which made it possible to halve the Roman sales tax.’
      • ‘He refutes the neo-Weberian argument that financial demands of warfare obliged monarchies to develop modern bureaucracies.’
      • ‘All three of the countries are monarchies of one sort or another.’
      • ‘Most of the institutional devices typical of modern democracies were forged in republics or limited monarchies.’
      • ‘Saudi Arabia is among the world's richest monarchies, but it has not spread monarchy in the mainly republican Middle East.’
      • ‘Of the roughly 200 countries in the world, only about two dozen remain monarchies.’
      • ‘Like all the little monarchies scattered along the coast of the Gulf, Kuwait used to be a sleepy little backwater, getting by on pearl fishing and trade.’
      • ‘According to international financial bodies, this situation demands the reform of what is one of the world's last remaining constitutional monarchies.’
      • ‘In contrast to monarchies in which the king had the power to separate conflicting factions, any such higher authority was absent in the Dutch Republic.’
      • ‘It declares that we, as a society, have more faith in foreign monarchies than we do in our own innovation and technology.’
      • ‘Obviously there are some differences living in monarchies like Australia, New Zealand and Canada to living in others like Sweden, Denmark or The Netherlands.’
      • ‘If the people of this or other hereditary monarchies prefer their form of government to a democracy, that preference ought to be testable.’
      • ‘By way of comparison there are nine constitutional monarchies in the Caribbean which have never had problems with their governors-general.’
      • ‘Iran has made the transition in the last twenty years from a nominal constitutional monarchy to a democratic theocracy.’
      • ‘Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.’
      • ‘Since 1951, Jordan has been a constitutional hereditary monarchy with a parliamentary form of government.’
      kingdom, sovereign state, principality, empire
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    2. 1.2the monarchyThe monarch and royal family of a country.
      ‘the monarchy is the focus of loyalty and service’
      • ‘Do you think that's where the royal family and the monarchy will go?’
      • ‘The Crown and the Royal Family, the monarchy, stand for something to be proud of in this world today.’
      • ‘Of more immediate concern to the queen was probably the role of the monarchy itself and the vicissitudes of the royal family.’
      • ‘The monarchy and the royal judiciary played important roles in the history of early modern France.’
      • ‘The 1958 coup that saw the overthrow of the monarchy threw the his family into turmoil.’
      • ‘Old traditions are still very much alive in Swaziland, where the monarchy maintains absolute power.’
      • ‘However, the monarchy was not absolute, but relied on the support of a powerful and divided nobility.’
      • ‘When we come back, we'll talk about the royals and what's going on with the monarchy.’
      • ‘The Portuguese monarchy was finally deposed by the revolution of 1910.’
      • ‘When analysing this aspect of the portraits, one historian questioned why the Spanish monarchy tolerated him.’
      • ‘The policy was continued by the Sunni-based monarchy that was installed by the British after 1932.’
      • ‘Even one of the most famous monarchies in England which gave the king almost absolute powers came under scrutiny from some nobles.’
      • ‘The country has one of the oldest monarchies in the world.’
      • ‘The recent divorce was a sad event in what is traditionally one of the world's most popular and much loved monarchies.’
      • ‘Until 1918, the region was ruled by the German, Austrian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires, or native monarchies.’


Late Middle English from Old French monarchie, via late Latin from Greek monarkhia ‘the rule of one’.