Mon"arch (?), n. [F. monarque, L. monarcha, fr. Gr. , ; alone + to be first, rule, govern. See Archi-.]


A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.

He who reigns Monarch in heaven, ... upheld by old repute. Milton.


One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest.


A patron deity or presiding genius.

Come, thou, monarch of the vine, Plumpy Bacchus. Shak.

4. Zool.

A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus); -- called also milkweed butterfly.


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Mon"arch, a.

Superior to others; preeminent; supreme; ruling.

"Monarch savage."



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