noun, verb (used with object), scep·tred, scep·tring. Chiefly British.
verb (used with object)
Origin of scepter
Examples from the Web for sceptre
Sain and Augustin between them held the sceptre of miniature painting under the Empire.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac
We get at four repeated images—a curtain, a throne, a sceptre, and a footstool.Table-Talk|William Hazlitt
As each vague Being appeared and bowed its starry head she raised her sceptre in answering salutation.Ayesha|H. Rider Haggard
The sceptre of all that the professional soldier held dear was thrust into his hands.The Spirit of Lafayette|James Mott Hallowell
In his right hand he held a golden globe surmounted by a cross, and in his left a sceptre.A Source Book for Mediaeval History|Oliver J. Thatcher
Word Origin 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.