sal·​tire ˈsȯl-ˌtī(-ə)r How to pronounce saltire (audio)
: 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 However, some believe its addition was based on the saltire in the Confederate battle flag. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2023 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, 19 June 2019

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Word History


Middle English sautire, from Anglo-French sautour

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saltire was in the 14th century

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“Saltire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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