from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of scepter.
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- n. An ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power.
- v. To give a sceptre to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc See scepter, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceremonial or emblematic staff
- n. the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Ancient Greek σκῆπτρον (skeptron, "staff, stick, baton"), from σκήπτω (skepto, "to prop, to support, to lean upon a staff"). (Wiktionary)