from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bible The Ten Commandments.
- n. A fundamental set of rules having authoritative weight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Ten Commandments.
- n. Any set of rules that have the weight of authority
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Ten Commandments or precepts given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and originally written on two tables of stone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ten commandments or precepts given, according to the account in Exodus, by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and originally written on two tables of stone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the biblical commandments of Moses
Middle English decalog, from Late Latin decalogus, from Greek dekalogos : deka, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots + logos, word, pronouncement; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek δεκάλογος (dekalogos), from δέκα (deka, "ten") + λόγος (logos, "statement") (Wiktionary)