Variant of hierarchy
- a system of church government by priests or other clergy in graded ranks
- the group of officials, esp. the highest officials, in such a system
- a group of persons or things arranged in order of rank, grade, class, etc.
Origin: altered (modeled on Gr) ; from Middle English ierarchie ; from Old French jerarchie ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin hierarchia ; from Ecclesiastical Late Greek power or rule of a hierarch ; from Classical Greek hierarchēs: see hierarch