[ sal-teer, -tahyuhr, sawl- ]
/ ˈsæl tɪər, -taɪər, ˈsɔl- /
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noun Heraldry.
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.
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Idioms about saltire

    in saltire, (of charges) arranged in the form of a saltire.
    per saltire, diagonally in both directions: party per saltire.
Also saltier.

Origin of saltire

1350–1400; Middle English sawtire<Middle French sautoir crossed jumping bar <Medieval Latin saltātōrium something pertaining to jumping; see saltant, -tory2
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British Dictionary definitions for saltire


less commonly saltier

/ (ˈsɔːlˌtaɪə) /

heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield

Word Origin for saltire

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