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.
- A body of ruling 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.
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