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

  1. scepter.


  1. a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
  2. royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give a scepter to; invest with authority.


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


  1. (tr) to invest with authority

n.c.1300, ceptre, from Old French sceptre (12c.), from Latin sceptrum “royal staff,” from Greek skeptron “staff to lean on; royal scepter;” in transferred use, “royalty,” from root of skeptein “to prop or stay, lean on.” Apparently a cognate with Old English sceaft (see shaft (n.1)). The verb meaning “to furnish with a scepter” is from 1520s. chiefly British English spelling of scepter (q.v.); for spelling, see -re. Related: Sceptred.

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