Definitions for hierarchˈhaɪ əˌrɑrk, ˈhaɪ rɑrk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hi•er•archˈhaɪ əˌrɑrk, ˈhaɪ rɑrk(n.)
a person who rules or has authority in sacred matters; high priest.
a person having high position or considerable authority.
Origin of hierarch:
1480–90; < ML hierarcha < Gk hierárchēs steward of sacred rites; see hier -, -arch
a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy
archpriest, hierarch, high priest, prelate, primate(noun)
a senior clergyman and dignitary
One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.
Origin: Late Latin hierarcha, Greek , hierarchēs; sacred (akin to Sanskrit ishiras vigorous, fresh, blooming) + leader, ruler, from to lead, rule: compare French hiérarque
one who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs