saltire c.1400, an ordinary on a shield or flag like a St. Andrew's Cross, from M.Fr. saultoir, lit. "stirrup," from M.L. saltatorium, properly neuter of L. saltatorius "pertaining to leaping," from salire "to leap" (see SALIENT (Cf. salient)). The connection between a stirrup and the diagonal cross is perhaps the two deltoid shapes that comprise the cross.

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  • saltire — [sal′tir] n. [ME sawtire < MFr sautoir, stirrup loop < ML saltatorium, stirrup < L saltatorius: see SALTATORY] Heraldry a bearing like a Saint Andrew s cross, formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing: also sp. saltier …   English World dictionary

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  • saltire — Ordinary Or di*na*ry, n.; pl. {Ordinaries} ( r[i^]z). 1. (Law) (a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation. (b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • saltire — [ saltʌɪə, sɔ: ] noun Heraldry a diagonal cross as a heraldic ordinary. Derivatives saltirewise adverb Origin ME: from OFr. saultoir stirrup cord, stile, saltire , based on L. saltare to dance …   English new terms dictionary

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