hi·er·ar·chy /ˈhaɪ(ə)ˌrɑrki ||ˈhɪ(ə)rˌɑr-/
Hi·er·arch·y n.; pl. Hierarchies
1. Dominion or authority in sacred things.
2. A body of officials disposed organically in ranks and orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of ecclesiastical rulers.
3. A form of government administered in the church by patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in an inferior degree, by priests.
4. A rank or order of holy beings.
Standards and gonfalons . . . for distinction serve
Of hierarchies, of orders, and degrees. --Milton.
n 1: a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a
system; "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"
2: the organization of people at different ranks in an
administrative body [syn: power structure, pecking