- 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
Related Words for hierarchbishop, dignitary, cardinal, abbot, ecclesiastic, hierarch, archbishop, abbess
Examples from the Web for hierarch
Historical Examples of 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
1570s, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarkhes "leader of sacred rites, high priest" (see hierarchy).