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 (hī′ə-rärk′, hī′rärk′)
1. One who occupies a position of authority in a religious hierarchy.
2. One who occupies a high position in a hierarchy: governmental hierarchs.

[From Middle English jerarchis, hierarchs, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, dignitary, prelate, from Greek hierarkhēs, high priest : hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots + -arkhēs, -arch.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. a person in a position of high priestly authority
b. a person holding high rank in a religious hierarchy
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person at a high level in a hierarchy
ˌhierˈarchal adj
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(ˈhaɪ əˌrɑrk, ˈhaɪ rɑrk)

1. a person who rules or has authority in sacred matters; high priest.
2. a person having high position or considerable authority.
[1480–90; < Medieval Latin hierarcha < Greek hierárchēs steward of sacred rites; see hier-, -arch]
hi`er•ar′chal, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hierarch - a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy
pecking order, power structure, hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
2.hierarch - a senior clergyman and dignitaryhierarch - a senior clergyman and dignitary  
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
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One who is highest in rank or authority:
Slang: honcho.
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