1. 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.
2. One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest.
3. 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 and monarch butterfly.
Mon·arch, a. Superior to others; preeminent; supreme; ruling. “Monarch savage.”
n 1: a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary
right [syn: sovereign, crowned head]
2: large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings
with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
[syn: monarch butterfly, milkweed butterfly, Danaus