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From Middle French saultoir (compare French sautoir).


(UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæl.taɪə/, /ˈsɔːl.taɪə/


saltire ‎(plural saltires)

  1. (heraldry) An ordinary (geometric design) in the shape of an X. It usually occupies the entire field in which it is placed.
  2. The Saint Andrew's cross, the flag of Scotland
    • 2014, Ian Jack, "Is this the end of Britishness", The Guardian, 16 September 2014:
      It was early August. In the Borders, there were few signs yet of a campaign that could take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. A large Y-E-S hung in separate letters from a tree on the road from Coldstream to Kelso. There wasn’t a N-O to match it, but Kelso town hall flew both the saltire and the union jack.
    • 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But the World Cup winning veteran's left boot was awry again, the attempt sliced horribly wide of the left upright, and the saltires were waving aloft again a moment later when a long pass in the England midfield was picked off to almost offer up a breakaway try.
St. Patrick's Cross, a red saltire on a white background