Maltese cross

  1. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward.

Origin of Maltese cross

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby Maltese cross Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Maltese cross in a sentence

  • (p. 075) The next afternoon he was riding up the river to the Maltese cross when he heard hoofs behind him.

  • In buying out the Maltese cross, Roosevelt had bought only cattle and horses; not buildings or land.

  • Fisher made up his mind that he knew all he needed to know about the new owner of the Maltese cross.

  • Next day they set out on the three-hundred-mile journey home to the Maltese cross.

  • He saw a rider coming from the direction of the Maltese cross, and it seemed to him that the rider looked like Roosevelt.

British Dictionary definitions for Maltese cross

Maltese cross

  1. a cross with triangular arms that taper towards the centre, sometimes having indented outer sides: formerly worn by the Knights of Malta

  2. (in a film projector) a cam mechanism of this shape that produces intermittent motion

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