- a person who rules or has authority in sacred matters; high priest.
- a person having high position or considerable authority.
- one of a body of officials or minor priests in certain ancient Greek temples.
Origin of hierarch
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for hierarch
Because, although the Ark was high, Noah was a higher ark (hierarch).How to Solve Conundrums
Because, although the ark was high, Noah was a higher ark (Hierarch).The Handbook of Conundrums
Edith B. Ordway
Whistler, though alive and about, was already looked to as a hierarch by the young.And Even Now
All things are lawful to the Hierarch; for he knows the nature and value of all.
The hierarch rose hastily and glanced into his dark keen eyes with an inquiring look.Strange Stories
- a person in a position of high priestly authority
- a person holding high rank in a religious hierarchy
- a person at a high level in a hierarchy
Word Origin and History for hierarch
1570s, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarkhes "leader of sacred rites, high priest" (see hierarchy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper