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Definitions for saltire
ˈsæl tɪr, -taɪər, ˈsɔl-saltire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. St. Andrew's cross, saltirenoun

    a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length


  1. saltirenoun

    An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.


  1. Saltire

    A saltire, also called Saint Andrew's Cross or the crux decussata, is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross. The word comes from the Middle French sautoir, Medieval Latin saltatoria ("stirrup").From its use as field sign, the saltire came to be used in a number of flags, in the 16th century for Scotland and Burgundy, in the 18th century also as the ensign of the Russian Navy, and for Ireland.


  1. saltire

    A saltire, also known as Saint Andrew's Cross, is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross or the letter X. It is particularly associated with Scotland, where it appears on the national flag. However, it can also be found in many other coats of arms and flags around the world. The word "saltire" comes from the Latin "saltatorium," meaning "stirrup," which resembles the crossed diagonal design.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saltire

    a St. Andrew's cross, or cross in the form of an X, -- one of the honorable ordinaries

  2. Etymology: [F. sautoir, fr. LL. saltatorium a sort of stirrup, fr. L. saltatorius saltatory. See Saltatory, Sally, v.]


  1. Saltire

    A saltire is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross ☓ or letter x. Saint Andrew is said to have been martyred on such a cross. In the Russian Orthodox tradition, the phrase Saint Andrew's Cross is often equated with the Orthodox cross, because of the tradition that Saint Andrew used such a cross when preaching in the respective regions. The saltire design is however distinct from that of the Orthodox Cross. It appears in numerous flags, including those of Scotland and Jamaica, and other coats of arms and seals. A variant, also appearing on many past and present flags and symbols, is the Cross of Burgundy flag. A warning sign in the shape of a saltire is also used to indicate the point at which a railway line intersects a road at a level crossing. In Unicode, the cross is encoded at U+2613 ☓ saltire and U+0078 x latin small letter x.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saltire

    Saltier, sal′tēr, n. (her.) an ordinary in the form of a St Andrew's Cross.—adj. Sal′tierwise. [O. Fr. saultoir, sautoir—Low L. saltatorium, a stirrup—L. saltāre, to leap.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. saltire

    One of the ordinaries in heraldry. Its name is of uncertain etymology, representing a bend sinister conjoined with a bend dexter, or a cross placed transversely like the letter X. Like the other ordinaries, it probably originated, as Planché suggests, in the clamps and braces of the shield. The form of the saltire has been assigned to the cross on which St. Andrew is said to have been crucified; hence the frequency of this ordinary in Scotch heraldry. A saltire is subject to the variations of being engrailed, invented, etc., and may be couped. When two or more saltires are borne in a shield, they are couped, not at right angles, but horizontally; and as they are always so treated, it is considered superfluous to blazon them as couped. Charges disposed in the form of a saltire are described as placed saltireways, or in saltire. The former term is more properly applied to two long charges, as swords or keys, placed across one another (in which case the rule is, that the sword in bend sinister should be uppermost, unless otherwise blazoned); and the latter to five charges placed two, one, and two.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saltire in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saltire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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