• (British) IPA: /ˈmɒnək/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɑnɚk/, /ˈmɑnɑɹk/

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 others of genus Danaus, found primarily in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
  3. (Aboriginal English) A police officer.
    • 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.”’
  4. (often capitalised) A stag which has sixteen or more points or tines on its antlers.
  5. The chief or best thing of its kind.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: borboleta-monarca

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