Definition of Maltese cross noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Maltese cross

BrE BrE//ˌmɔːltiːz ˈkrɒs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɔːltiːz ˈkrɔːs//
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a cross whose arms are equal in length and have wide ends with V-shapes cut out of them Word Originso named because the cross was formerly worn by the Knights Hospitallers, who were based in Malta 1530–1798.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Maltese cross