- An example of hierarchy is the corporate ladder.
- An example of hierarchy is the various levels of priests in the Catholic church.
- 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 of hierarchyaltered (modeled on Gr) from Middle English ierarchie from Old French jerarchie from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin hierarchia from LGr(Ec), power or rule of a hierarch from Classical Greek hierarch?s: see hierarch
- A group of persons or things organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above: a career spent moving up through the military hierarchy.
- Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades: classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.
- A body of persons having authority: “his relations with Hitler and the Nazi hierarchy” ( John Kenneth Galbraith )
- A group of animals in which certain members or subgroups dominate or submit to others.
- One of three main divisions of angels in traditional Christian angelology.
Origin of hierarchyMiddle English ierarchie from Old French from Medieval Latin hierarchia from Greek hierarkhiā rule of a high priest from hierarkhēs high priest ; see hierarch .
From Old French ierarchie (French hiérarchie), from Latin hierarchia, from Ancient Greek ἱεραρχία (hierarkhia, “rule of a high priest”), from ἱεράρχης (hierarkhēs, “high priest”), from ἱερεύς (hiereus, “priest”) and ἀρχή (arkhē, “rule”).