Definitions of Monarchy
- (noun) A government ruled by a typically hereditary head of state either as a figurehead or absolute leader.
- (noun) A State ruled by a monarch.
- (noun) A monarch and the royal family.
Examples of Monarchy
Note: Titles of rulers are written in lowercase unless referring to certain individual.
- An emirate, is ruled by an emira (woman) or emir (man).
- Kuwait, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.
- An empire or imperium, is ruled by empress (woman) or emperor (man).
- Japan is the only contemporary empire; historical examples include the Byzantine Empire, Holy Roman Empire, and Ottoman Empire.
- 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).
- Liechtenstein and Monaco
- A sultanate, is ruled by a sultana (woman) or sultan (man).
Types of Monarchy
- American English – /mAHn-uhr-kee/
- British English – /mOn-uh-kee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈmɑnərki/
- British English – /ˈmɒnəki/
- Plural: monarchies
- Absolute monarchies were once the norm in Europe. However, most contemporary monarchies are constitutional monarchies with limited or only ceremonial powers (Wright 2006, under “monarchy”).
- The authority of a monarch is typically transferred hereditarily, typically through the eldest son (primogeniture).
- Monarchs typically rule for life.
- A type of authority and government, and political system.
- Variant spelling: monarchie
- A (noun) monarch (adverb) monarchically or (adverb) monarchally rules a monarchy and their authority is described as (adjective) monarchical or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchistic and they are supported by (noun) monarchists who support (noun) monarchism.
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- Word origin of “monarchy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- absolute monarchy
- constitutional monarchy
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Cite the Definition of Monarchy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (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 June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/monarchy/>.