Origin of hierarchMedieval Latin hierarcha from Classical Greek hierarch?s, presider over sacred rites, chief priest: see hiero- and -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 hierarkhēs high priest hieros holy ; see eis- in Indo-European roots. -arkhēs -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