- The definition of a scepter is a ceremonial or ornamented staff usually carried by royalty.
An ornamental or jeweled cane-like object carried by a king is an example of a specter.
A portrait of a king holding a scepter.
scepter definition by Webster's New World
- a rod or staff, highly ornamented, held by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty
- royal or imperial authority; sovereignty
Origin: Middle English sceptre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin sceptrum ; from Classical Greek skēptron, staff to lean on ; from base of skēptesthai, to prop oneself, lean on something ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep- from source shaft
scepter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority.
- Ruling power or authority; sovereignty.
Origin: Middle English sceptre, from Old French, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skēptron.