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

Nearby words

  1. scented orchid,
  2. scepter,
  3. sceptic,
  4. sceptical,
  5. scepticism,
  6. scf,
  7. scfh,
  8. scfm,
  9. scg,
  10. sch-




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 formsscep·ter·less, adjectivescep·tral [sep-truh l] /ˈsɛp trəl/, adjectiveun·scep·tered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sceptre


US scepter


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


(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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