Hierarchy Definition

hīə-rärkē, hīrär-
hierarchies
noun
hierarchies
A system of church government by priests or other clergy in graded ranks.
Webster's New World
Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades.
Classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.
American Heritage Medicine
The group of officials, esp. the highest officials, in such a system.
Webster's New World
A group of persons or things arranged in order of rank, grade, class, etc.
Webster's New World
A body of persons having authority.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Hierarchy

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Singular:
hierarchy
Plural:
hierarchies

Origin of Hierarchy

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ierarchie from Old French from Medieval Latin hierarchia from Greek hierarkhiā rule of a high priest from hierarkhēs high priest hierarch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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