echelon Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"echelon" in British English

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echelonnoun [C]

uk   /ˈeʃ.ə.lɒn/  us   /-lɑːn/
a ​particularlevel or ​group of ​people within an ​organization such as an ​army or ​company: These ​salaryincreases will ​affect only the highest echelons of ​localgovernment. theupper echelons of ​society specialized military a ​specialarrangement of ​soldiers, ​aircraft, or ​ships
(Definition of echelon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"echelon" in Business English

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echelonnoun [C, often plural]

uk   us   /ˈeʃəlɒn/ WORKPLACE
a ​rank or ​position within an ​organization, ​company, or ​profession: in the upper/top/higher echelons of sth Politicians are often ​hired by ​privateequity for the ​connections and ​skillsgained while ​working in the upper echelons of ​government.at the upper/top echelon The ​joballows you a glimpse into ​day-to-day goings-on at the company's ​top echelon. Most believe it is this ​jugglingact that ​keeps women in the lower echelons of the ​legalprofession.
(Definition of echelon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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