Definition of saltire in English:


Syllabification: sal·tire
Pronunciation: /ˈsalˌtīr, ˈsôl-


  • 1 another term for St. Andrew's Cross.
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    • If the red saltire had simply been placed over the white, it might have simply appeared to be a red saltire with a white border, rather than two saltires combined.
    • Nicknamed The Highlander, he had already caused a stir at the Games, dyeing his hair blue and white to resemble the saltire.
    • Grampian also gets a new logo to replace its trademark saltire.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] (Of a design) incorporating a motif based on a saltire cross.
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    • The new design added the red saltire cross attributed to St. Patrick for Ireland.
    • The smooth concrete of the distinctly Kahnian vaults is impressed with a pattern of abstract saltire crosses created using basic rubber moulds.
    • Legend has it that St Andrew was martyred by the Romans on a saltire cross at Patras in Greece.



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  • In its center is disc within a smaller wreath of laurel which contains a torch between two swords saltirewise (points up) and flanked by two mullets.
  • The two swords crossed saltirewise represent both active and reserve forces and attest to eternal readiness.


late Middle English: from Old French saultoir 'stirrup cord, stile, saltire', based on Latin saltare 'to dance'.

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