Adjective "saltire" definition and examples

(Saltire may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A diagonal cross as a heraldic ordinary.
  1. 'Nicknamed The Highlander, he had already caused a stir at the Games, dyeing his hair blue and white to resemble the saltire.'
  2. 'Grampian also gets a new logo to replace its trademark saltire.'
  3. 'a saltire design'
  4. 'The smooth concrete of the distinctly Kahnian vaults is impressed with a pattern of abstract saltire crosses created using basic rubber moulds.'
  5. 'That was the day when he finished eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle, to steal the trophy from Colin Montgomerie, who had turned up wearing his saltire sweater, a champion in waiting.'

More definitions

1. an ordinary in the form of a cross with arms running diagonally from the dexter chief to the sinister base and from the sinister chief to the dexter base; St. Andrew's cross. Idioms

2. in saltire, (of charges) arranged in the form of a saltire.

3. per saltire, diagonally in both directions: party per saltire.

More examples(as adjective)

"arrangements can be saltire."


Late Middle English: from Old French saultoir ‘stirrup cord, stile, saltire’, based on Latin saltare ‘to dance’.