sal·​tire | \ ˈsȯl-ˌtī(-ə)r How to pronounce saltire (audio) , ˈsal- \

Definition of saltire

: a heraldic charge consisting of a cross formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing in the center

Examples of saltire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the results were announced, musicians played bagpipes to a saltire-waving crowd; the next day, unionists clashed with independence supporters, the former firing a flare, which led to violence and arrests. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 The star on the cloaks includes a saltire, which resembles St. Andrew's cross, and a medallion featuring a bejeweled thistle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 The Addition of the Saltire of Saint Patrick Scotland’s saltire is said to be divinely inspired, but Ireland’s addition is more prosaic. Joseph Flaherty, WIRED, "Scotland Saves the Union Jack, a True Design Masterpiece," 19 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of saltire

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saltire

Middle English sautire, from Anglo-French sautour

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Cite this Entry

“Saltire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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