noun \ˈhī-(ə-)ˌrärk\

Definition of HIERARCH

:  a religious leader in a position of authority
:  a person high in a hierarchy
hi·er·ar·chal \ˌhī-(ə-)ˈrär-kəl\ adjective

Origin of HIERARCH

Middle English ierarchis, plural, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarchēs, from hieros sacred + -archēs -arch
First Known Use: 15th century


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