from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An authoritative order or decree; an edict.
- n. A proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An authoritative proclamation; an edict, especially decreed by a Russian czar or (later) emperor.
- n. Any absolutist order and/or arrogant proclamation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Russia, a published proclamation or imperial order, having the force of law.
- n. an order or edict by someone holding absolute authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An edict or order, legislative or administrative, emanating from the Russian government.
- n. Hence Any official proclamation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an edict of the Russian tsar
French, from Russian ukaz, decree, from Old Church Slavonic ukazŭ, a showing, proof : u-, at, to + kazati, to point out, show.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian указ (ukáz, "edict, decree"), from Old East Slavic указъ (ukáz, "edict"), from указать (ukazat’, "to show, decree"), from Old Church Slavonic указати (ukazati, "to show, decree"), itself formed from the intensifying prefix у- (u-) (denoting a concrete purpose) + казати (kazati, "to show, order"). Compare Dutch oekaze, German Ukas, etc. (Wiktionary)