• A government in which sovereignty is embodied within a single, today usually hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
  • The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
  • A form of government where sovereignty is embodied by a single ruler in a state and his high aristocracy representing their separate divided lands within the state and their low aristocracy representing their separate divided fiefs.
  • States based on a system of governance headed by a king or a queen.


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  • From Old French monarchie, from Late Latin monarchia, from Ancient Greek μοναρχία, from μόνος + ἀρχή. Surface analysis: mon- + -archy.

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