from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Heraldry An ordinary in the shape of a Saint Andrew's cross, formed by the crossing of a bend and a bend sinister.

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  • n. An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A St. Andrew's cross, or cross in the form of an X, -- one of the honorable ordinaries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See saltier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cross resembling the letter x, with diagonal bars of equal length


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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



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  • saltier

    October 3, 2011

  • "Leaning against the wall to the right of this were two dark beams, crossed, beaten together at their centres to look like a great "X"; he imagined these forming part of a framework used in the cutting of wood. Resting against this rotten saltire were the remnants of a dilapidated door, upon which were quivering the flakes of a cream-coloured varnish with which the door must once have been painted; the door's centre panel still bore a brass handle."

    The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz, translated by Andrew Oakland, p 75 of the Dalkey Archive paperback

    June 11, 2011

  • Often the Scottish flag to is referred to as a saltire.

    "The Scottish Government decides to celebrate St Andrew's Day - and shoots itself in the foot by ordering 3,000 saltires from Taiwan." - Editorial, The Scottish Sun, 19 November 2007

    November 20, 2007

  • Should be a portmanteau of salty and satire. The preferred language of sarcastic pirates.

    May 7, 2007

  • mmm, Saltines, my favoritest crackers.

    May 6, 2007

  • I like this word because it reminds me of Saltines (tm) but it's weird and old and obscure instead of a common brand name. Why that should make me like it I don't know.

    Yes, my brain is a strange place to be.

    May 4, 2007

  • In heraldry, an ordinary in the form of a St. Andrew's cross, formed by a bend and a bend sinister, crossing each other; also, a cross having this shape. Hence, in saltire: crossed like the limbs of a St. Andrew's cross.

    Usage: When the field of a coat, or any charge upon it, is divided by two diagonal lines, crossing each other, is termed per saltier. (1828-1840 Encyclopedia of Heraldry).

    February 5, 2007