noun, plural hi·er·ar·chies.
Origin of hierarchy
Examples from the Web for hierarchy
Absolutely: “Courage I would rank now in the hierarchy of art and love.”Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was, I have to say, at the bottom of the hierarchy of royal honors, a British Empire Medal.
A strong sense of hierarchy took root as the schools expanded.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’|ProPublica|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Powell ranks with Patrick Smith in the hierarchy of Florida historical novelists and that is lofty territory, indeed.Book Bag: Overlooked Classic Books From the Sunshine State|Randy Wayne White|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the hierarchy of medical issues that carry stigma and fear, HPV has a unique place.
They have a schematic representation of the world, reduced to a hierarchy of general ideas, noted by symbols.Essay on the Creative Imagination|Th. Ribot
The lamas—that is, the hierarchy—were losing their hold on the people.Caravans By Night|Harry Hervey
And yet the hierarchy managed to maintain its assumptions and to overwhelm all remedial attempts.Luther and the Reformation:|Joseph A. Seiss
Though she disliked the Roman hierarchy as an institution, she counted many friends among the priests of Rome.Julia Ward Howe|Laura E. Richards
At once all the wrath of the hierarchy was unloosed upon him, and all its influence was thrown to the support of the Government.The Canadian Dominion|Oscar D. Skelton
British Dictionary definitions for hierarchy
noun plural -chies
Word Origin for hierarchy
Word Origin and History for hierarchy
mid-14c., from Old French ierarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia "ranked division of angels" (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Greek hierarkhia "rule of a high priest," from hierarkhes "high priest, leader of sacred rites," from ta hiera "the sacred rites" (neuter plural of hieros "sacred;" see ire) + arkhein "to lead, rule" (see archon). Sense of "ranked organization of persons or things" first recorded 1610s, initially of clergy, sense probably influenced by higher. Related: Hierarchal; hierarchical.