from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or associated with sacred persons or offices; sacerdotal.
- adj. Constituting or relating to a simplified cursive style of Egyptian hieroglyphics, used in both sacred and secular writings.
- adj. Extremely formal or stylized, as in a work of art.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to priests, especially pharaonic priests of ancient Egypt; sacerdotal.
- adj. of or pertaining to the cursive writing system developed by ancient Egyptian priests alongside the hieroglyphic system.
- adj. extremely stylized, restrained or formal; adhering to fixed types or methods; severe in emotional import.
- n. a writing system used in pharaonic Egypt that was developed alongside the hieroglyphic system, primarily written in ink with a reed brush on papyrus, allowing scribes to write quickly without resorting to the time consuming hieroglyphs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consecrated to sacred uses; sacerdotal; pertaining to priests.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to priests or to the priesthood; priestly; sacerdotal.
- Of sacred or priestly origin; due to or derived from religious use or influence: specifically used of a kind of ancient Egyptian letters or writing, and of certain styles in art.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. associated with the priesthood or priests
- n. a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
- adj. written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing
- adj. adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal
Latin hierāticus, from Greek hierātikos, from hierāteia, priesthood, from hierāsthai, to be a priest, from hiereus, priest, from hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin hieraticus, from Ancient Greek ἱερατικός (hieratikos), from ἱερατεία (hierateia, "priesthood"), from ἱερᾶτεύω ("be a priest"), from ἱερεύς (hiereus, "priest"), from ἱερός (hieros, "sacred"). (Wiktionary)