Scep·ter, Scep·tre n.
1. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace.
And the king held out Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. --Esther v. 2.
2. Hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty; as, to assume the scepter.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come. --Gen. xlix. 10.
Scep·ter, Scep·tre , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sceptered or Sceptred (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Sceptering or Sceptring ] To endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority.
To Britain's queen the sceptered suppliant bends. --Tickell.
n 1: the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter [syn: sceptre]
2: a ceremonial or emblematic staff [syn: sceptre, verge, wand]