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saltire

sal·tire

 (sôl′tîr′, -tīr′, săl′-)
n. Heraldry
An ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.

[Middle English sautour, from Old French saultoir, stile, from saulter, to jump, from Latin saltāre; see saltation.]

saltire

(ˈsɔːlˌtaɪə) or less commonly

saltier

n
(Heraldry) heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal cross on a shield
[C14 sawturoure, from Old French sauteour cross-shaped barricade, from saulter to jump, from Latin saltāre]

sal•tire

(ˈsæl tɪr, -taɪər, ˈsɔl-)

n.
a heraldic charge formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.
[1350–1400; < Middle French sautoir crossed jumping bar < Medieval Latin saltātōrium]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saltire - a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal lengthsaltire - a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length
Cross - a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
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The flag originated with the unification of the thrones of England and Scotland in 1603 under James VI and I, and at that time consisted only of the cross of St George and the saltire cross of St Andrew.
During the battle, a saltire cross was seen in the sky, putting heart into the Picts and Athelstane was killed at the ford over the Cogtail burn.