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sceptre (staff)

Definition:

a ceremonial or emblematic staff

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

sceptres

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

bauble

Synonyms:

scepter [American spelling] | verge | wand

Etymology:

Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Ancient Greek σκῆπτρον (skeptron,...
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All senses of sceptre...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Sceptre | scepter

a symbolic ornamental rod or wand borne in the hand by a ruling monarch as an item of royal or imperial insignia. The was and other types of staffs were a sign of authority in Ancient Egypt, for which reason they are often described as "sceptres" even... (47 of 1037 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Sceptre

Sceptre (disambiguation)

a symbolic staff. Sceptre or scepter may also refer to: Scepter Records, a record label | Sceptre Incorporated, a consumer electronics producer | Sceptre (horse), a racehorse | Humber Sceptre, a British car | HMS Sceptre, the name given to five ships... (38 of 139 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Sceptre (disambiguation)

Merriam-Webster:

scepter [entry 1, noun] | sovereignty [synonym, sense-specific]

a staff or baton borne by a sovereign as an emblem of authority | royal or imperial authority; "sovereignty" (18 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scepter

Collins Dictionary:

sceptre | scepter [United States] | sovereignty [synonym, sense-specific] | sceptred [derived]

a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority | imperial authority; sovereignty | [transitive] to invest with authority (20 of 358 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sceptre

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sceptre [staff] | Scepter

ornamented rod or staff borne by rulers on ceremonial occasions as an emblem of authority and sovereignty. The primeval symbol of the staff was ... (24 of 163 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/526940​/sceptre

Oxford Dictionary:

sceptre | scepter [United States] | sceptred [derived]

an ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty (14 of 95 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sceptre

New World Dictionary:

scepter | sceptred [British] | sceptring [British]

a rod or staff, highly ornamented, held by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty | royal or imperial authority; sovereignty | to ... (23 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scepter

American Heritage Dictionary:

scepter | sceptered [past tense] | sceptering [present participle] | scepters [3rd-person singular present]

A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority. | Ruling power or authority; sovereignty. | To invest with royal authority. (21 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scepter

Random House Dictionary:

scepter | sceptred [British, past tense] | sceptring [British, present participle] | sceptre [British, sense-specific]

a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power. | royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty. | to give a scepter to; ... (28 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/scepter

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sceptre [countable] | sceptres [plural]

a decorated rod that a king or queen carries at ceremonies (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sceptre

Cambridge Dictionary:

sceptre [British] | scepter [United States]

a decorated stick which is carried by a queen or king during some official ceremonies as a symbol of their authority (21 of 29 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sceptre

Wiktionary:

sceptre | sceptres [plural] | sceptred [past tense] | sceptring [present participle] | scepter [United States, sense-specific]

An ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power. | To give a sceptre to. (18 of 21 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sceptre

Columbia Encyclopedia:

staff

in musical notation, a set of horizontal lines upon and between which notes are written so as to determine their relative pitch, and in connection ... (25 of 156 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0846425​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

scepter | scepters [plural] | sceptered [past tense] | sceptering [present participle] | sceptre [politics, Canadian spelling, British spelling]

a ceremonial staff, rod, or wand used as an emblem of a monarch's authority. | royal or imperial power or authority | to endow somebody with royal ... (25 of 81 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702151​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

sceptre | sceptres [plural] | sceptred [past tense] | sceptring [present participle]

Origin: Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Ancient Greek σκῆπτρον (skeptron, "staff, stick, baton"), from σκήπτω (skepto, "to prop, to support, to lean upon a staff").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sceptre

Oxford Dictionary:

sceptre | scepter [United States]

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

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sceptre

Collins Dictionary:

sceptre | scepter [United States]

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French sceptre, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skeptron staff

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sceptre

New World Dictionary:

scepter

Origin: Middle English sceptre from Old French from Latin sceptrum from Greek skēptron, staff to lean on from base of skēptesthai, ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scepter

Online Etymology:

scepter

First use: about 1300

Origin: Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Greek skeptron "staff", from root of skeptesthai "to prop oneself". Cognate with Old English sceaft.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scepter

American Heritage Dictionary:

scepter | sceptered [past tense] | sceptering [present participle] | scepters [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English sceptre, from Old French, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skēptron.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scepter

Merriam-Webster:

scepter [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English sceptre, from Anglo-French septre, from Latin sceptrum, from Greek skēptron staff, scepter, from skēptesthai to prop oneself

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scepter

Encarta Dictionary:

scepter | scepters [plural] | sceptered [past tense] | sceptering [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French and Latin from Greek skēptron "staff" from skēptein "lean on"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702151​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sceptre [countable] | sceptres [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sceptre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sceptre

Cambridge Dictionary:

sceptre [British]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sceptre"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sceptre"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sceptre

the Free Dictionary:

sceptre

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sceptre"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sceptre"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sceptre

scepter

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "scepter"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "scepter" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scepter

YourDictionary Audio:

sceptre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sceptre"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sceptre

scepter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scepter" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scepter

Collins Dictionary:

scepter [United States] | sceptre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scepter"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scepter

Macmillan American Dictionary:

scepter [countable] | scepters [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scepter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scepter

Google Dictionary:

scepter | scepters [plural] | sceptres [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scepter"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=scepter

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scepter

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scepter"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scepte​01 word=scepter

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