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.noun
An example of a Maltese cross is a cross with four equal arms that look like four v-shaped arrowheads joined at their points.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a cross whose arms look like arrowheads pointing inward
- a perennial garden flower (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family, having brilliant red five-parted flowers
Origin: from its use as an emblem by the medieval Knights of Malta
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