skull and crossbones

plural skulls and crossbones

Definition of skull and crossbones

: a representation of a human skull over crossbones usually used as a warning of danger to life

Examples of skull and crossbones in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turns out, her standout skull and crossbones necklace is by Marty Magic Jewelry, a mother-daughter design duo with studios in Texas and northern California with a long list of celebrity fans. Jennifer Chan,, 31 Aug. 2021 To emphasize its claim, the post also includes an image of Ac'cent seasoning – the main ingredient of which is MSG – photoshopped with the skull and crossbones hazard symbol. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Her Twitter name includes a skull and crossbones emoji. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Boneyard Beer, founded in 2010, is more skull and crossbones, a brash upstart perhaps best known for its RPM IPA with a lineup that also includes Skunkape, Hop a Wheelie and Notorious IPA. Michael Kohn, oregonlive, 4 Mar. 2021 Thus, Linda, a smiling and capable figure with silver hair, is played by Linda May; Swankie, who has seven or eight months to live, and who hangs a skull and crossbones on the side of her van, is played by Swankie; and so on. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2020 As soon as that was done, his son, Michael, designed a playhouse, complete with a skull and crossbones over the door. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2020 Flag aside, the skull and crossbones theme is found elsewhere on the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Sep. 2020 The Navy destroyer is adorned with the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger, from the flag to steel doors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of skull and crossbones

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Skull and crossbones.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skull and crossbones

: a picture of a human skull above two crossed bones that was used on the flags of pirate ships in the past and is now used as a warning label on containers of poisonous or dangerous substances


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