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monarch

If you think the Queen of England is just the coolest thing ever, then you like monarchs: hereditary rulers of countries usually known as king or queen.

You might think your principal rules with absolute power, but that's not really true: there's a school board and an administration and she can't really control everything. But a monarch can. Monarch comes from the Greek mono, "one," and archon, "ruler." Many modern monarchies actually have parliaments and constitutions, leaving the monarch more symbolic than powerful. A monarch is also a particularly royal looking butterfly with orange wings and black and white spots.

Definitions of monarch
  1. noun
    a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
    synonyms: crowned head, sovereign
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    Capetian
    a member of the Capetian dynasty
    Carlovingian, Carolingian
    a member of the Carolingian dynasty
    czar, tsar, tzar
    a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917)
    emperor
    the male ruler of an empire
    Rex, king, male monarch
    a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
    Merovingian
    a member of the Merovingian dynasty
    Shah, Shah of Iran, shah
    title for the former hereditary monarch of Iran
    empress
    a woman emperor or the wife of an emperor
    Holy Roman Emperor
    sovereign of the Holy Roman Empire
    Kaiser, kaiser
    the title of the Holy Roman Emperors or the emperors of Austria or of Germany until 1918
    King of England, King of Great Britain
    the sovereign ruler of England
    King of France
    the sovereign ruler of France
    King of the Germans
    the sovereign ruler of the Germans
    mikado, tenno
    the emperor of Japan; when regarded as a religious leader the emperor is called tenno
    Emperor of Rome, Roman Emperor
    sovereign of the Roman Empire
    Romanoff, Romanov
    a member of the imperial family that ruled Russia
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    chief of state, head of state
    the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
    ruler, swayer
    a person who rules or commands
  2. noun
    large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
    synonyms: Danaus plexippus, milkweed butterfly, monarch butterfly
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    danaid, danaid butterfly
    large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
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