Origin of hierarchMedieval Latin hierarcha ; from Classical Greek hierarch?s, presider over sacred rites, chief priest: see hiero- and amp; -arch
- One who occupies a position of authority in a religious hierarchy.
- One who occupies a high position in a hierarchy: governmental hierarchs.
Origin of hierarchFrom Middle English jerarchis, hierarchs, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, dignitary, prelate, from Greek hierarkh&emacron;s, high priest : hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots + -arkh&emacron;s, -arch.
- One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.
Late Latin hierarcha, Greek ἱεράρχης, hierarchēs; sacred (akin to Sanskrit ishiras vigorous, fresh, blooming) + leader, ruler, from to lead, rule: compare French hiérarque