skull and crossbones

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of skull and crossbones

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

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First Known Use of skull and crossbones

1826


SKULL AND CROSSBONES Defined for English Language Learners

skull and crossbones

noun

Definition of skull and crossbones for English Language Learners

  • : 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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