Pronunciation: (mon'urk, -ärk), [key]
1. a hereditary sovereign, as a king, queen, or emperor.
2. a sole and absolute ruler of a state or nation.
3. a person or thing that holds a dominant position: a monarch of international shipping.
4. See monarch butterfly.
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