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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: ierarchie, from Latin, from Greek hierarches, from hieros 'holy' + -arches 'ruler' (from archein 'to rule')

hierarchy

noun
     
Related topics: Sociology, Organizations
hier‧ar‧chy plural hierarchies
1 [uncountable and countable]SS a system of organization in which people or things are divided into levels of importance:
a rigid social hierarchy
She worked her way up through the corporate hierarchy to become president.
2 [countable]SSO the most important and powerful members of an organization:
the church hierarchy

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