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hierarchy

noun

  1. (series)  a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
    Type of: series. Part of: system
  2. (organization)  the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
    Synonyms: pecking order, power structure. Type of: organization. Part of: administration

Etymology summary

Old French ierarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia "ranked division of angels"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Hierarchy

an arrangement of items in which the items are represented as being "above," "below," or "at the same level as" one another. Abstractly, a hierarchy can be modelled mathematically as a rooted tree: the root of the tree forms the top level, and the ... (44 of 5206 words, 4 images)

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Hierarchy (disambiguation)

an arrangement of units into related levels of different weights or ranks, meaning that levels are considered "higher" or ... | Hierarchy (object-oriented programming), also known as inheritance, the creation of new classes from existing classes | ... (35 of 319 words, 14 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural] | hierarchical [derived] | hierarchic [adjective, derived]

a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order | a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks | the collective body of those ... (27 of 611 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hierarchy

Merriam-Webster:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

a division of angels | a ruling body of clergy organized into orders or ranks each subordinate to the one above it ; especially, the bishops of a ... (27 of 260 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural] | the hierarchy | hierarchic [derived] | hierarchization [derived] | hierarchize [derived]

a system in which members of an organization or society are ranked according to relative status or authority | ("the hierarchy") : the clergy of the ... (25 of 204 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hierarchy

American Heritage Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

A body of persons having authority. | Categorization of a group of people according to ability or status. | The group so categorized. | A series in ... (24 of 103 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural] | celestial hierarchy [synonym, sense-specific]

any system of persons or things ranked one above another. | government by ecclesiastical rulers. | the power or dominion of a hierarch. | an organized ... (23 of 103 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hierarchy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

[countable/uncountable] a system for organizing people according to their status in a society, organization, or other group | [countable] the group of ... (21 of 80 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hierarchy

Cambridge Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchical [adjective, derived] | hierarchically [adverb, derived]

a system in which people or things are arranged according to their importance | the people in the upper levels of an organization who control it (25 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hierarchy

New World Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

a system of church government by priests or other clergy in graded ranks | the group of officials, especially the highest officials, in such a system ... (25 of 71 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

A body of authoritative officials organized in nested ranks. | Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it. (29 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hierarchy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

hierarchy

see ministry and orders, holy. (5 of 7 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural] | dominance hierarchy [biology, sense-specific]

an organization or group whose members are arranged in ranks, e.g. in ranks of power and seniority | the categorization of members of a group ... (24 of 141 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hierarchy

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French ierarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia "ranked division of angels" (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Greek ... (22 of 72 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural] | the hierarchy

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French and medieval Latin from Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhēs "sacred ruler" (see "hierarch"). The ... (19 of 38 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Origin: Middle English ierarchie from Latin hierarchia, from Ancient Greek ἱεραρχία (hierarkhia, "rule of a high priest"), from ἱεράρχης (hierarkhēs, "high priest"), from ἱερεύς... (23 of 32 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Origin: altered (modeled on Greek) from Middle English ierarchie from Old French jerarchie from ecclesiastical Medieval Latin hierarchia ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English ierarchie rank or order of holy beings, from Anglo-French jerarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hierarchy

American Heritage Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Origin: Middle English ierarchie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Greek hierarkhiā, rule of a high priest, ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hierarchy

Collins Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhēs high priest; see hiero-, -archy

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hierarchy

Audio references

Wiktionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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Collins Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

hierarchy

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hierarchy"

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the Free Dictionary:

hierarchy

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Google Dictionary:

hierarchy | hierarchies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hierarchy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hierarchy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

hierarchy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hierarchy" by speech synthesizer

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