St. Andrew's cross


a cross composed of four diagonal arms of equal length; saltire.

Definition for st. andrew's cross (2 of 3)

Saint Andrew's Cross


an X-shaped cross.

Definition for st. andrew's cross (3 of 3)

St. Andrew's-cross
[ an-drooz-kraws, -kros ]
/ ˈæn druzˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs /


a low evergreen shrub, Ascyrum hypericoides, native to temperate and subtropical America, having flowers in clusters of three: often cultivated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for st. 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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