Definition of sceptre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(US English scepter) noun
BrE BrE//ˈseptə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseptər//
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a decorated rod carried by a king or queen at ceremonies as a symbol of their power compare mace, orb Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ceptre, via Latin from Greek skēptron, from skēptein (alteration of skēptesthai) ‘lean on’.