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hierarchy

English

Etymology

From Middle English ierarchie from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] hierarchia from Ancient Greek ἱεραρχής from ἱερεύς (priest) and ἀρχή (rule). Compare French hiérarchie.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA: /ˈhaɪə.ɹɑː.kɪ/, /ˈhaɪɹ.ɑːɹ.kɪ/, SAMPA: /"haI@r\A:kI/

Noun

Singular
hierarchy

Plural
hierarchies

hierarchy (hierarchies)
  1. A body of ruling officials organized in nested ranks.
  2. Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it.

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