ETYM Latin hieraticus, Greek; akin to ieros sacred: cf. French hiératique.
1. Written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing.
2. (Fine arts) Adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal.
Priestly, especially applied to ancient Egyptian writing used for religious works.
A cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests; SYN. hieratic script.