See also: Sceptre

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From Middle English septre, sceptre, from Old French sceptre, from Latin scēptrum, from Ancient Greek σκῆπτρον (skêptron, staff, stick, baton), from σκήπτω (skḗptō, to prop, to support, to lean upon a staff).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛptə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛptɚ/
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sceptre (plural sceptres)

  1. (British spelling) An ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power.
    Synonyms: golden wand, royal wand

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sceptre (third-person singular simple present sceptres, present participle sceptring, simple past and past participle sceptred)

  1. To give a sceptre to.
    • 1713, Thomas Tickell, On the Prospect of Peace:
      To Britain's queen the sceptred suppliant bends.
  2. (figurative) To invest with royal power.

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Borrowed from Latin scēptrum, itself borrowed from Ancient Greek σκῆπτρον (skêptron).

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sceptre m (plural sceptres)

  1. sceptre

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