- a German medal awarded for outstanding bravery or service during wartime.
- (lowercase) Gymnastics. an upright, crosslike position held between the rings, with the arms fully extended laterally and the legs held together and pointed downward.
Origin of Iron Cross
First recorded in 1870–75
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- the highest decoration for bravery awarded to the German armed forces in wartime: instituted in 1813
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Word Origin and History for iron cross
from German das eiserne kreuz, instituted by Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia, originally for distinguished military service in the wars against Napoleon.
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