- an ordinary in the form of a cross with arms running diagonally from the dexter chief to the sinister base and from the sinister chief to the dexter base; St. Andrew's cross.
- in saltire, (of charges) arranged in the form of a saltire.
- per saltire, diagonally in both directions: party per saltire.
Origin of saltire
Examples from the Web for saltire
Someone has added a small Saltire to one of the wreaths, paying tribute to a shared history that was forged in battle.Voter Intimidation Grips Scotland as It Votes on Independence
September 18, 2014
“One extra Saltire among a sea of flags seems like a fair way to celebrate,” he said.Andy Murray Survived Dunblane School Massacre Before Winning Wimbledon
July 9, 2013
The Chancellor of France bore two maces in saltire behind his shield.French Book-plates
First Master of the Household: Under his arms two batons in saltire.
The Precentor: Argent, on a saltire azure a fleur-de-lis or.
The Treasurer: Gules, a saltire between four leopards' heads or.
He was referring to his having told Lord Saltire that he had seen Charles.Ravenshoe
less commonly saltier
- heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield
Word Origin and History for saltire
c.1400, an ordinary that resembles a St. Andrew's Cross on a shield or flag, consisting of a bend dexter and a bend sinister crossing each other, from Middle French saultoir, literally "stirrup," from Medieval Latin saltatorium, properly neuter of Latin saltatorius "pertaining to leaping," from salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). The connection between a stirrup and the diagonal cross is perhaps the two deltoid shapes that comprise the cross.