hierarchy ( hierarchies plural )
1 n-var A hierarchy is a system of organizing people into different ranks or levels of importance, for example in society or in a company.
usu with supp
Like most other American companies with a rigid hierarchy, workers and managers had strictly defined duties...
2 n-count-coll The hierarchy of an organization such as the Church is the group of people who manage and control it.
3 n-count A hierarchyof ideas and beliefs involves organizing them into a system or structure.
FORMAL usu N of n
...the notion of `cultural imperialism' implies a hierarchy of cultures, some of which are stronger than others.
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grading, pecking order, ranking
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