Definition of fylfot in English:



  • A swastika.

    • ‘See, there are real reasons why we must use fylfots and representations of the spiral galaxies - they are some of the right symbols.’
    • ‘Examples of fylfots in heraldry are extremely rare.’
    • ‘The gardens' Millennium maze, which is constructed from stones arranged in the shape of the ancient fylfot symbol carved in a rock on Ilkley Moor, recently had its thousandth and final stone laid.’
    • ‘While there may be some similarity between the fylfot and the swastika, the former, which in Asia symbolises peace and good will, is considerably older than the swastika, and was recognised, and in general use, thousands of years before it was hijacked by the Nazi party.’
    • ‘To return to the fylfot, various interpretations of its symbolic use amongst our ancestors have been put forward.’
    • ‘Here each piece [of the quartering] takes the form of the mystic fylfot, or gammadion.’
    • ‘Related symbols are the cross and the fylfot, or four-legged swastika.’
    • ‘The church of Princenhage (Breda-West) has a few fylfots, trifos and twofoses (yin/yang-like) decorations at the top of the windows in the church-building.’
    • ‘The most ornate cape ever found in Latvia, it includes 40 crosses (fylfots) in 23 variations and 5,000 woven bronze ringlets.’
    • ‘The contrasting rim is divided into octants, with a blue and yellow geometric pattern alternating with interleaved black fylfots on a green ground.’
    • ‘One carved stone pillar now in the National Museum in Dublin, has an arrow between two Druid crosses (fylfots) pointing towards a Christian sun cross.’
    • ‘I read through it quickly and skipped to the pictures which were of some quite narrow bands with mini designs such as fylfots and other such things.’


Late 15th century: perhaps from fill-foot ‘pattern filling the foot of a painted window’.