scep·​ter | \ ˈsep-tər How to pronounce scepter (audio) \

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


sceptered; sceptering\ ˈsep-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce scepter (audio) \

Definition of scepter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to invest with the scepter in token of royal authority

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scepter 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of scepter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By putting a sheaf of wheat in her left hand and a scepter in her right, a seventeenth-century restorer turned her into Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, "Light in the Palazzo," 27 Apr. 2021 The young, shy, and reserved bride of this very proud and dynamic man now wielded the scepter and wore the crown of William the Conqueror. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Farewell to Prince Philip," 9 Apr. 2021 Wanda and her brother volunteered for Baron Strücker’s experiments involving Loki’s scepter, which housed the Mind Stone — the catalyst that triggered her powers. Los Angeles Times, "What all those fake commercials in ‘WandaVision’ are really telling us," 4 Mar. 2021 Wanda is a weakened teenager working with Hydra scientists who are studying the scepter that contains the Mind Stone. Chris Smith, BGR, "This is the mind-blowing moment in ‘WandaVision’ episode 8 that everyone’s talking about," 28 Feb. 2021 But there’s something more happening in the scene where the Hydra scientists order her to approach Loki’s scepter. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘WandaVision’ Recap: Some Assembly Required," 26 Feb. 2021 Tom Gregory, a newspaperman for four decades, was a gruff editor who bestrode the newsroom like an emperor, wielding his pica pole – the ruler used to measure stories – like a scepter. John Pope,, "Longtime newspaper editor Tom Gregory dies at 86," 15 Jan. 2021 But on Sunday, Gase again wielded the headset and play sheet, the crown and scepter of play-calling power, and the Jets were held to 10 or fewer points for the sixth time this season. New York Times, "Perform Abysmally, Defend Yourself Vehemently: The Adam Gase Way," 2 Dec. 2020 There is a Russian Father Christmas holding a unique scepter and a nesting doll. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ceramicist's daughter makes the most of family Christmas heirlooms," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of scepter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scepter


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

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1 May 2021

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“Scepter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scepter

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


scep·​ter | \ ˈsep-tər How to pronounce scepter (audio) \

Kids Definition of scepter

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

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