- a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.
- scarlet lychnis.
Origin of Maltese cross
First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for maltese cross
The pilot did so, and saw a Maltese-cross biplane falling in flames.Cavalry of the Clouds
- a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta
- (in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion