(Australia, New Zealand) Australian and New Zealand's highest military award, awarded for valour.
Origin of victoria-cross
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Victoria-cross Sentence Examples
For this heroic deed, Grenfell received the Victoria Cross.
The distribution of medals to the soldiers and the institution of the Victoria Cross (February 1857) as a reward for individual instances of merit and valour must also be noted among the incidents which occupied the queen's time and thoughts.
In explanation of the fact that he never received the Victoria Cross it was said of him that it was because he earned it every day of his life.
In October 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for exceptional bravery.