decree etymology

English word decree comes from Latin decerno

Detailed word origin of decree

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
decerno Latin (lat) (legal) I pronounce a decision concerning something; decide, determine, judge, declare, decree; vote for something.. (military) I decide by combat; fight, combat, contend.. (transitive, followed by the accusative) I decide, decide upon, settle, determine (especially something disputed or doubtful).
decretum Latin (lat) A decision, decree, ordinance, order.. A principle, opinion.
decreet Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
decree English (eng) (legal) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.. (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.. An edict or law. To command by a decree.