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Meaning of monarchy

mon•ar•chy

Pronunciation: (mon'ur-kē), [key]
— pl. -chies.
  1. a state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch. Cf.
  2. supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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