[ hahy-uh-rahrk, hahy-rahrk ]
/ ˈhaɪ əˌrɑrk, ˈhaɪ rɑrk /


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

1480–90; < Medieval Latin hierarcha < Greek hierárchēs steward of sacred rites, equivalent to hier- hier- + -archēs -arch

Related forms

hi·er·ar·chal, adjectivean·ti·hi·er·ar·chal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hierarch


/ (ˈhaɪəˌrɑːk) /


  1. a person in a position of high priestly authority
  2. a person holding high rank in a religious hierarchy
a person at a high level in a hierarchy

Derived Forms

hierarchal, adjective
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