- in czarist Russia, an imperial order or decree, having the force of law
- any official, esp. arbitrary, decree or proclamation
Origin of ukaseRussian ukaz, edict from ukazat', to order (modern sense, “to indicate”)
- An authoritative order or decree; an edict.
- A proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia.
Origin of ukaseFrench from Russian ukaz decree from Old Church Slavonic ukazŭ a showing, proof u- at, to kazati to point out, show
From Russian ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð· (ukÃ¡z, “edict, decree"), from Old East Slavic ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·ÑŠ (ukÃ¡z, “edict"), from ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (ukazat', “to show, decree"), from Old Church Slavonic ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (ukazati, “to show, decree"), itself formed from the intensifying prefix Ñƒ- (u-) (denoting a concrete purpose) + ÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (kazati, “to show, order"). Compare Dutch oekaze, German Ukas, etc.
- Alternative capitalization of ukase