A command echelon.
A job in the company's lower echelon.
An example of echelon is the President and his cabinet, the upper echelons of the political environment.
Origin of echelon
- French échelon from Old French eschelon rung of a ladder from eschiele ladder from Late Latin scāla back-formation from Latin scālae steps, ladder skand- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- French échelon, from échelle (“ladder”).