An example of a Maltese cross.
The definition of a Maltese cross is the symbol for a Christian order known as the Knights Hospitaller that was established in the mid 16th century in Malta by Charles V of Spain.
An example of a Maltese cross is a cross with four equal arms that look like four v-shaped arrowheads joined at their points.
- a cross whose arms look like arrowheads pointing inward
- a perennial garden flower (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family, having brilliant-red flowers with five heart-shaped lobes
Origin of Maltese crossfrom its use as an emblem by the medieval Knights of Malta: see Hospitaler
A cross having four equal arms resembling arrowheads joined at the points.
(plural Maltese crosses)