(noun) A government ruled by a hereditary head of state either as a figurehead or absolute leader.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Word origin of “monarchy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- absolute monarchy
- constitutional monarchy
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