Definition of skull and crossbones in US English:

skull and crossbones


  • A representation of a skull with two thigh bones crossed below it as an emblem of piracy or death.

    • ‘It also had a reflective skull and crossbones on the front.’
    • ‘The battered and corroded drum, marked with a skull and crossbones, was discovered shortly after 9am.’
    • ‘Beneath it shimmered a hologram of, quite unpleasantly, a 3 - D bloodied skull and crossbones.’
    • ‘In addition, the label shall show a representation of a skull and crossbones.’
    • ‘This page about trans fats at the Harvard School of Public Health has a skull and crossbones at the top of it.’


skull and crossbones

/ˌskəl ən ˈkrɑsˌboʊnz//ˌskəl ən ˈkräsˌbōnz/