sceptre

[sep-ter]
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scepter

[sep-ter]
noun
  1. a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
  2. royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formsscep·ter·less, adjectivescep·tral [sep-truh l] /ˈsɛp trəl/, adjectiveun·scep·tered, adjective
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sceptre

US scepter

noun
  1. a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority
  2. imperial authority; sovereignty
verb
  1. (tr) to invest with authority
Derived Formssceptred or US sceptered, adjective

Word Origin for sceptre

C13: from Old French sceptre, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skeptron staff
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Word Origin and History for sceptre

chiefly British English spelling of scepter (q.v.); for spelling, see -re. Related: Sceptred.

scepter

n.

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.

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