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Saint Andrew's Cross

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noun
an X-shaped cross.
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What does Saint Andrew's Cross mean?

A Saint Andrew’s Cross is an X-shaped cross. According to Christian tradition, Saint Andrew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, was supposed to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross.

The most common usage of Saint Andrew’s Cross you’ll come across is to refer to the flag of Scotland. The flag has a white Saint Andrew’s Cross on a blue background. In heraldry, Saint Andrew’s Cross is called a saltire.

You might also encounter the Saint Andrew’s Cross spider, which is a spider native to Australia and shaped like an X.

Example: Rowan made an insignia out of a Saint Andrew’s Cross and her initials because her family is Scottish.

Where does Saint Andrew's Cross come from?

The first records of the phrase Saint Andrew’s Cross come from around the 1700s. It refers to a cross that is in an X shape because Christianity’s Saint Andrew was supposed to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross.

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How is Saint Andrew's Cross used in real life?

Saint Andrew’s Cross is often used in reference to the Scottish flag, but it’s also used to refer to any X-shaped cross and the spider named after it.

 

 

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British Dictionary definitions for Saint Andrew's Cross

Saint Andrew's Cross

noun usually abbreviated to: St Andrew's Cross
a diagonal cross with equal arms
a white diagonal cross on a blue ground

Word Origin for Saint Andrew's Cross

C18: so called because Saint Andrew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, is reputed to have been crucified on a cross of this shape
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