Alternative forms edit
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”).
sceptre (plural sceptres)
- (British spelling) An ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power.
- 1791, Homer, W[illiam] Cowper, transl., “[The Iliad.] Book I.”, in The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, Translated into Blank Verse, […], volume I, London: […] J[oseph] Johnson, […], →OCLC, page 3:
- To the fleet he came / Bearing rich ranſom glorious to redeem / His daughter, and his hands charged with the wreath / And golden ſceptre of the God shaft-arm’d.
- 1891, Oscar Wilde, “The Young King”, in A House of Pomegranates, London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine & Co […], →OCLC, page 6:
- But what had occupied him most was the robe he was to wear at his coronation, the robe of tissued gold, and the ruby-studded crown, and the sceptre with its rows and rings of pearls.
Derived terms edit
- To give a sceptre to.
- 1713, Thomas Tickell, On the Prospect of Peace:
- To Britain's queen the sceptred suppliant bends.
- (figurative) To invest with royal power.
sceptre m (plural sceptres)