Saint Andrew's cross

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Saint An·​drew's cross | \ -ˈan-ˌdrüz- How to pronounce Saint Andrew's cross (audio) \
variants: or St. Andrew's cross

Definition of Saint Andrew's cross

: a figure of a cross that has the form of two intersecting oblique bars — see cross illustration

First Known Use of Saint Andrew's cross

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Saint Andrew's cross

St. Andrew died about a.d. 60, apostle who, according to tradition, was crucified on a cross of this type

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The first known use of Saint Andrew's cross was in 1615

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“Saint Andrew's cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saint%20Andrew%27s%20cross. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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