|part of speech:
||a body of persons or entities graded according to rank or level of authority.
The animal groups and individual animals were listed in a hierarchy, with the largest group at the top, the smaller subgroups under that, and the individual animals at the bottom.An admiral ranks at the top of the naval hierarchy.
||a series that is graded or ranked.
I listed my goals in a hierarchy from most important to least important.
||an elite group that governs.
These decisions are made by the government hierarchy and not the people.Because of the shuffle in the hierarchy, he is no longer in a position of power.
||a group of ecclesiastical officials in successive rank.
A bishop is subordinate to a cardinal in the church hierarchy.
||church, level, office