1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru decision. The decrees of Venice. There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (Luke II. 1) Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree? (Shak)
2. A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty. A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him.
3. An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.
Synonym: law, regulation, edict, ordinance. See law.
Origin: oe. Decre, f. Decret, fr. L. Decretum, neut. Decretus, p. P. Of decernere to decide; de- – cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, decretal.