- a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
- royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
- to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Origin of scepter
Examples from the Web for sceptre
And since his son is of an age too tender to wield the sceptre, the boy's mother does it in his name.St. Martin's Summer
Who then should grasp the rich prize of the sceptre of France?Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
In one hand Zeus held the sceptre, and in the other a winged Victory.
Had she, with her own hands, given her crown and sceptre to another?The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
The sceptre must pass into other hands even more feeble than his.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
- a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority
- imperial authority; sovereignty
- (tr) to invest with authority
Word Origin and History for sceptre
c.1300, ceptre, from Old French sceptre (12c.), from Latin sceptrum "royal staff," from Greek skeptron "staff to lean on; royal scepter;" in transferred use, "royalty," from root of skeptein "to prop or stay, lean on." Apparently a cognate with Old English sceaft (see shaft (n.1)). The verb meaning "to furnish with a scepter" is from 1520s.