Saltire meaning

sôltîr, -tīr, săl-
An ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.
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(heraldry) A bearing like a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing.
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(heraldry) An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.
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Origin of saltire

  • Middle English sautour from Old French saultoir stile from saulter to jump from Latin saltāre saltation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition