- The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
Etymology: Latin monarcha, from Ancient Greek (monarchÄs), variant of (monarchos), literally "sole ruler," from (monos, only) + á (archos, leader).
- 1598: Never was monarch better fear, fear'd and love, lov'd Than is your Majesty. " w:William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25.
- A migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found in North America. See w:en:Monarch butterfly.
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