sceptre

[ sep-ter ]
/ ˈsɛp tər /

noun, verb (used with object), scep·tred, scep·tring. Chiefly British.

Definition for sceptre (2 of 2)

scepter

[ sep-ter ]
/ ˈsɛp tər /

noun

a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.

verb (used with object)

to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Also especially British, scep·tre.

Origin of scepter

1250–1300; Middle English (s)ceptre < Old French < Latin scēptrum < Greek skêptron staff; akin to shaft

Related forms

scep·ter·less, adjectivescep·tral [sep-truh l] /ˈsɛp trəl/, adjectiveun·scep·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sceptre

sceptre

US scepter

/ (ˈsɛptə) /

noun

a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority
imperial authority; sovereignty

verb

(tr) to invest with authority

Derived Forms

sceptred or US sceptered, adjective

Word Origin for sceptre

C13: from Old French sceptre, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skeptron staff
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