from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority.
- n. Ruling power or authority; sovereignty.
- transitive v. To invest with royal authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power
- v. To give a scepter to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace.
- n. Hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
- transitive v. To endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A staff of office of the character accepted as peculiar to royalty or independent sovereignty.
- n. Royal power or authority: as, to assume the scepter.
- To give a scepter to; invest with royal authority, or with the emblem of authority.
- n. A common name for the gold sovereign of James I. of England.
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
Middle English sceptre, from Old French, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skēptron.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Ancient Greek σκήπτρον (skeptron) "staff, stick, baton", from σκήπτω (skepto) "to prop, to support, to lean upon a staff" (Wiktionary)