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Definition a level of a hierarchy

See a comprehensive dictionary for less common senses of echelon that relate to military formations.
  • The team has broken into the top echelon of the NBA.
  • a low-echelon State Department officer
  • The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
    Colin Powell
  • Salaries of middle-echelon executives rose an average of 2%.
  • That hurdle cleared, my case had to be reviewed by a board and then go through further administrative review by the upper echelon.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Substitute mount obtained from rear echelon encountered on western flank at 0725.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I want you to attack en echelon, to take Cemetery Hill in reverse.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • We needed to increase Party at least into "K's"—say 40,000—with lowest echelons picked for fighting spirit rather than talents we had sought earlier.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He distinguished himself at Austerlitz in that admirable march in echelons effected under the enemy's fire.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Up in the twelve-acre there were six men mowing in echelon.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • You could let your hair grow, he said, and you didn't have to polish your boots or snap off salutes or put up with the usual rear-echelon nonsense.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He said that the group he represents hopes to sell memberships to high echelon executives in American and foreign companies.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He rolls the window down and a top-echelon Mafia guardsman nails him with the retinal scanner.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • If that floor panel is ever broken, the faceless messenger had told her, it means the upper echelon has been breached.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He saw philosophy as the highest echelon of the entire hierarchy of knowledge.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Line-astern, Echelon, Arrow-head, Over-cloud: These learn Eternity.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But they're low echelon and you know Washington.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • There's always been conspiratorial conjecture that a select few within this highest echelon of Masonry are made privy to some great mystical secret.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • On the first day of each month a new code name was chosen for his data, a name made known only to the highest echelon of CIA officers and analysts.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He was an upper echelon Mason and certainly had ties to the Illuminati.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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