- 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 scepter
He portrays Merkel holding a Euro-topped scepter as she sits on a throne adorned with an EU emblem-inspired clock.Nicole Kidman Bulldozed by Paparazzi on Bike During NYFW; Marc Jacobs Apologizes for Neo-Nazi T-Shirt
The Fashion Beast Team
September 13, 2013
Offering the scepter to an ex-President Obama is one option, writes Geoffrey Robertson.Obama for Queen
April 26, 2011
In that relationship, the lower-class king of his dingy domain is enthroned atop a commode and uses a toilet brush as a scepter.Amazing Cate
December 18, 2009
The ballot is the scepter of power in the hand of every citizen.
There were no other sounds while the girl took the Flagg scepter in her own hands.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
The ball represented the terrestrial globe and the stick in his other hand a scepter.War and Peace
He danced about like a madman, with his crown on his head and his scepter in his hand.Laboulaye's Fairy Book
The entire country was under the one scepter, and his was that scepter.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Word Origin and History for scepter
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.