hierarchy

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

hi·er·ar·chy

noun \ˈhī-(ə-)ˌrär-kē also ˈhi(-ə)r-ˌär-\

: a group that controls an organization and is divided into different levels

: a system in which people or things are placed in a series of levels with different importance or status

plural hi·er·ar·chies

Full Definition of HIERARCHY

1
:  a division of angels
2
a :  a ruling body of clergy organized into orders or ranks each subordinate to the one above it; especially :  the bishops of a province or nation
b :  church government by a hierarchy
3
:  a body of persons in authority
4
:  the classification of a group of people according to ability or to economic, social, or professional standing; also :  the group so classified
5
:  a graded or ranked series <a hierarchy of values>

Examples of HIERARCHY

  1. The church hierarchy faced resistance to some of their decisions.
  2. He was at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy.
  3. a rigid hierarchy of social classes
  4. … he wrote a verse whose metaphors were read somewhere in the Baathist hierarchy as incitement to Kurdish nationalism. —Geraldine Brooks, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2001

Origin of HIERARCHY

Middle English ierarchie rank or order of holy beings, from Anglo-French jerarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek, from Greek hierarchēs
First Known Use: 14th century

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