monarchy

(noun) A government ruled by a hereditary head of state either as a figurehead or absolute leader.

Example: Andorra, Brunei, or Cambodia.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: monarchies
  • The following terms are currently used for areas controlled by a monarch:
    • An emirate, is ruled by an emira (woman) or emir (man).
    • An empire or imperium, is ruled by empress (woman) or emperor (man).
    • A kingdom or realm is ruled by a queen or queen regnant (woman) or king (man); or rani (woman) or raja (man).
    • A princedom, principality or princely state, is ruled by a princess (woman) or prince (man).
    • A sultanate, is ruled by a sultana (woman) or sultan (man).
    • Note: Titles of rulers are written in lowercase unless referring to certain individual.
  • The authority of an monarch is typically transferred hereditarily, typically through the eldest son (primogeniture).
  • A type of authority.
  •  Types:
  • Monarchy used in a sentence: The Queen was the leader of the monarchy.
  • A (noun) monarch rules an absolute monarchy and their authority is described as (adjective) monarchical or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchical.

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How to Cite the Definition of Monarchy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

monarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/>.