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 Flag aside, the skull and crossbones theme is found elsewhere on the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Reason Why This U.S. Navy Destroyer Flies a Pirate Flag," 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, "The Reason Why This U.S. Navy Destroyer Flies a Pirate Flag," 25 Sep. 2020 The team, with its skull and crossbones logo borrowed from Hamburg’s 14th century anti-authoritarian pirate hero Niolaus Stoertebeker, might represent the coolest anti-fascism has ever been. James Stout, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Anti-Fascism," 24 June 2020 Wearing a mask covered in skulls and crossbones — a tribute to the school’s pirate mascot — Mr. Montgomery, 66, took a selfie with each student. Mariel Padilla, New York Times, "Principals Find Novel Ways to Honor Seniors During Shutdown," 3 May 2020 Simpson’s chest ink featured a skull and crossbones line, with the grim reaper scythe’s underneath. Claudia Harmata,, "Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson Hang Out with Her Sister Noah and Mom Tish as She Calls Him 'My Baby'," 2 Nov. 2019 Cyrus received a tattoo of a bleeding heart punctured by a dagger, while Simpson went for a skull and crossbones plus an ominous-looking scythe. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson Just Added More Tattoos to Their Collections," 2 Dec. 2019 The first two photos are of Simpson — whose impressive abs are on full display — and his new skull and crossbones line drawing on his right upper chest. Ashley Boucher,, "Miley Cyrus Says She 'Needs Oxygen' After Shirtless Cody Simpson Photo with Her Hand in His Pants," 16 Oct. 2019 Gone are the skull and crossbones signs, the need to wear a flak jacket. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Princess Diana walked through land mines 22 years ago. Prince Harry is retracing her steps.," 26 Sep. 2019

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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 28 Oct. 2020.

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skull and crossbones


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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