noun \ˈsep-tər\

: a long decorated stick that is carried by a king or queen

Full Definition of SCEPTER

:  a staff or baton borne by a sovereign as an emblem of authority
:  royal or imperial authority :  sovereignty

Illustration of SCEPTER

Origin of SCEPTER

Middle English sceptre, from Anglo-French septre, from Latin sceptrum, from Greek skēptron staff, scepter, from skēptesthai to prop oneself — more at shaft
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb
scep·teredscep·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of SCEPTER

:  to invest with the scepter in token of royal authority

First Known Use of SCEPTER



Next Word in the Dictionary: sceptered
Previous Word in the Dictionary: scepsis
All Words Near: scepter

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up scepter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More