One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A diagonal cross as a heraldic ordinary.
- ‘He is proudly clasping his gold medal, draped in the Scottish flag and wearing an enormous blue floppy top hat emblazoned with a brilliant white saltire.’
- ‘Nicknamed The Highlander, he had already caused a stir at the Games, dyeing his hair blue and white to resemble the saltire.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Grampian also gets a new logo to replace its trademark saltire.’
- ‘James himself adopted the new style of King of Great Britain and designed a new flag, incorporating the St Andrew's saltire and the St George's cross.’
- 1.1as modifier (of a design) incorporating a motif based on a saltire cross.‘a saltire design’‘a mosaic with a saltire arrangement’
- ‘The smooth concrete of the distinctly Kahnian vaults is impressed with a pattern of abstract saltire crosses created using basic rubber moulds.’
- ‘The new design added the red saltire cross attributed to St. Patrick for Ireland.’
- ‘That was the day when he finished eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle, to steal the trophy from Colin Montgomerie, who had turned up wearing his saltire sweater, a champion in waiting.’
- ‘Legend has it that St Andrew was martyred by the Romans on a saltire cross at Patras in Greece.’
Late Middle English: from Old French saultoir ‘stirrup cord, stile, saltire’, based on Latin saltare ‘to dance’.
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