scepter

noun
scep·ter | \ˈsep-tər \

Definition of scepter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a staff or baton borne by a sovereign as an emblem of authority

2 : royal or imperial authority : sovereignty

scepter

verb
sceptered; sceptering\ˈsep-t(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of scepter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to invest with the scepter in token of royal authority

Illustration of scepter

Illustration of scepter

Noun

scepter 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of scepter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Queen Isabel also wore the organization's Medici collar and mantle, while her custom crown and scepter were by Moan's Couture. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Krewe of Hermes glittering 79th annual ball," 27 Feb. 2018 Foy, who scooped up both Golden Globe and SAG awards as Elizabeth, will hand over her scepter to Olivia Colman, and Margaret will transform from Kirby into Helena Bonham Carter. Lisa Rosen, latimes.com, "The sisters behind 'The Crown' bonded with each other, along with their royal roles," 23 May 2018 The Avengers recover Loki’s scepter at the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything to Know About Marvel’s Infinity Stones Before You See Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018 In bright purples, reds, and golds, these fashion renditions are further adorned in golden jewelry, scepters, and crowns. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "The Met Got The Catholic Fashion Story Wrong," 7 May 2018 The figure, which was said to dwarf visitors to the temple, sat on a massive throne, clad in a golden robe covered in a relief of animals and lilies and clutching a massive golden scepter. Bloomberg.com, "Has the Best Art in the World Been Destroyed?," 2 May 2018 The Mind Stone: Once owned by Thanos, who lent it to Loki for his magic scepter. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "What are the infinity stones that drive the plot of 'Avengers: Infinity War'?," 25 Apr. 2018 Tony Stark inadvertently unleashes an AI nightmare by using the Mind Stone scepter to create Ultron. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ 23’s a crowd," 20 Apr. 2018 A few feet away, Levy dons a purple cape over her T-shirt and leggings and picks up Elsa’s scepter. Eliana Dockterman, TIME.com, "Inside Disney’s Ambitious Plan to Bring," 8 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scepter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scepter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scepter

Noun

Middle English sceptre, from Anglo-French septre, from Latin sceptrum, from Greek skēptron staff, scepter, from skēptesthai to prop oneself — more at shaft

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scepter

Statistics for scepter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scepter

The first known use of scepter was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scepter

scepter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scepter

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

scepter

noun
scep·ter | \ˈsep-tər \

Kids Definition of scepter

: a rod carried by a ruler as a sign of authority a royal scepter

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on scepter

Spanish Central: Translation of scepter

Nglish: Translation of scepter for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of scepter for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about scepter

Comments on scepter

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

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!