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 Addition of the Saltire of Saint Patrick Scotland’s saltire is said to be divinely inspired, but Ireland’s addition is more prosaic.
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Origin and Etymology of saltire
Middle English sautire, from Anglo-French sautour
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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