From Middle French republique (“republic”), from Latin rēspūblicā, from rēs (“thing”) + pūblica (“public”); hence literally “the public thing.”
republic (plural republics)
- A state where sovereignty rests with the people or their representatives, rather than with a monarch or emperor; a country with no monarchy.
- The United States is a republic; the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a constitutional monarchy.
- The U.S.A. is a republic; Great Britain is technically a monarchy.
- One of the subdivisions constituting Russia. See oblast.
- The Republic of Udmurtia is west of the Permian Oblast.
- Argentine Republic
- banana republic
- parliamentary republic
- people's republic
- presidential republic
- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
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