A principality on the Mediterranean Sea consisting of an enclave in southeast France. Probably settled by Phoenicians, it has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 1200s. At various times Monaco was under the protection of Spain, Sardinia, and France but regained its sovereignty in 1861. The village of Monaco, or Monaco-Ville, is the capital.
Country in S Europe on the Mediterranean: an independent principality & an enclave in SE France: .75 sq mi (1.95 sq km)
Its capital, a commune.
A country in Europe. Official name: Principality of Monaco.
The capital of the principality of Monaco.
Origin of monaco
From Ancient Greek Î¼ÏŒÎ½Î¿Î¹ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (monoikos, “single house"), from Î¼ÏŒÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (monos, “single, alone") + Î¿á¼¶ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (oikos, “house"), the name of the 6th century BC colony of Phocaeans and an epithet of Heracles (Hercules), á¼©ÏÎ±ÎºÎ»á¿†Ï‚ ÎœÏŒÎ½Î¿Î¹ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (Heracles Monoikos). According to an ancient Greek myth and a Ligurian legend, Heracles passed through the Monaco area. A temple was constructed there by Phocaeans, the temple of Heracles Monoikos (Strabo, Geography, Gaul, 4.6.3).