- The definition of hierarchy is a group of people or things arranged in order of rank or the people that rank at the top of such a system.
- An example of hierarchy is the corporate ladder.
- An example of hierarchy is the various levels of priests in the Catholic church.
hierarchy definition by Webster's New World
- 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
hierarchy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hi·er·ar·chies
- A body of persons having authority.
- a. Categorization of a group of people according to ability or status.b. The group so categorized.
- A series in which each element is graded or ranked: put honesty first in her hierarchy of values.
- a. A body of clergy organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above.b. Religious rule by a group of ranked clergy.
- One of the divisions of angels.
Origin: Middle English ierarchie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Greek hierarkhiā, rule of a high priest, from hierarkhēs, high priest; see hierarch.
hierarchy - Business Definition
hierarchy - Computer Definition
A structure that has a predetermined ordering from high to low. For example, all files and folders on the hard disk are organized in a hierarchy (see Win Folder organization).