Mon·arch·y n.; pl. Monarchies
1. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
2. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy. --Macaulay.
3. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
What scourage for perjury
Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence. --Shak.
Fifth monarchy, a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See Fifth Monarchy men, under Fifth.
1. Next in order after the fourth; -- the ordinal of five.
2. Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing.
Fifth monarchy men Hist., a fanatical sect in England, of the time of the commonwealth, who maintained that there would be a fifth universal monarchy, during which Christ would reign on earth a thousand years.
Fifth wheel, a horizontal wheel or segment above the fore axle of a carriage and beneath the body, forming an extended support to prevent careening.