Definition of saltire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsæltaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæltaɪər//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈsɔːltaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɔːltaɪər//
    (also saltire cross)
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  1. 1a cross in the shape of an X, especially on a coat of arms or a flag
  2. 2the Saltire the flag of Scotland, which is a white saltire on a blue background
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French saultoir ‘stirrup cord, stile, saltire’, based on Latin saltare ‘to dance’.