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

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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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