Heraldry a bearing like a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing
also sp. sal′tier
Origin of saltireMiddle English sawtire ; from Middle French sautoir, stirrup loop ; from Medieval Latin saltatorium, stirrup ; from Classical Latin saltatorius: see saltatory
An ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.
Origin of saltireMiddle English sautour, from Old French saultoir, stile, from saulter, to jump, from Latin saltare; see saltation.
- (heraldry) An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.