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scepter

noun scep·ter \ ˈsep-tər \
|Updated on: 29 May 2018

Definition of scepter

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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scepter

verb

Definition of scepter

sceptered; sceptering play \ˈsep-t(ə-)riŋ\
: to invest with the scepter in token of royal authority

First Known Use of scepter

1526

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SCEPTER Defined for English Language Learners

scepter

Definition of scepter for English Language Learners

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


SCEPTER Defined for Kids

scepter

noun scep·ter \ ˈsep-tər \

Definition of scepter for Students

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


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