The Senate had, in fact, been in pro forma session when Obama issued his fiat that the body was in recess.
He also was named to the Group Executive Council (GEC) as head of fiat Brand and CMO for fiat in September 2011.
A few days later, a hunter spotted the burnt-out fiat and alerted authorities who discovered the macabre scene inside.
"authoritative sanction," 1630s, from Latin fiat "let it be done" (also used in the opening of Medieval Latin proclamations and commands), third person singular present subjunctive of fieri, used as passive of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Also sometimes a reference to fiat lux "let there be light" in the Book of Genesis.