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saltire

[ sal-teer, -tahyuhr, sawl- ]

noun

, Heraldry.
  1. 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.


saltire

/ ˈsɔːlˌtaɪə /

noun

  1. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield


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Word History and Origins

Origin of saltire1

1350–1400; Middle English sawtire < Middle French sautoir crossed jumping bar < Medieval Latin saltātōrium something pertaining to jumping; saltant, -tory 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of saltire1

C14 sawturoure, from Old French sauteour cross-shaped barricade, from saulter to jump, from Latin saltāre
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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. in saltire, (of charges) arranged in the form of a saltire.
  2. per saltire, diagonally in both directions:

    party per saltire.

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Example Sentences

Someone has added a small Saltire to one of the wreaths, paying tribute to a shared history that was forged in battle.

“One extra Saltire among a sea of flags seems like a fair way to celebrate,” he said.

The end of this desk displays a shield charged with two keys in saltire, for the see of York.

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.

Neither at that moment would Lord Saltire have heard her if she had.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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