[ sal-teer, -tahyuhr, sawl- ]

  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.

Idioms about saltire

  1. in saltire, (of charges) arranged in the form of a saltire.

  2. per saltire, diagonally in both directions: party per saltire.

Origin of saltire

1350–1400; Middle English sawtire<Middle French sautoir crossed jumping bar <Medieval Latin saltātōrium something pertaining to jumping; see saltant, -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use saltire in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for saltire


less commonly saltier

/ (ˈsɔːlˌtaɪə) /

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

Origin of saltire

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

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