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scepter Syllabification: scep·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈseptər/
(British sceptre)

Definition of scepter in English:


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An ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty.
Example sentences
  • In her left hand she carries the sceptre of state; in her right the orb.
  • Each was swathed in robes of black, and all carried the sceptre that befitted their station.
  • The roof is ornamented with three cherubs, representing England, Scotland and Ireland, supporting the royal crown and holding the sceptre, sword of state and ensign of knighthood.


Example sentences
  • The great emperor was revealed sitting on a throne, crowned and sceptered, and surprisingly well preserved.
  • This is the second disc in another excellent series devoted to the rich seam of British Light Overtures, an area in which the composers from this sceptred isle were extremely prolific.
  • We have it on no less an authority than the Foreign Secretary that this is the favourite dish of choice up and down these sceptred isles from whence the touring party was recruited.


Middle English: from Old French ceptre, via Latin from Greek skēptron, from skēptein (alteration of skēptesthai) 'lean on'.

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