n. Heraldry an ordinary formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing like a St Andrew's cross. Phrases and idioms: in saltire arranged in this way. Derivatives: saltirewise adv. Etymology: ME f. OF sau(l)toir etc. stirrup-cord, stile, saltire, f. med.L saltatorium (as SALTATION)
Saltire Sal"tire, n. [F. sautoir, fr. LL. saltatorium a sort of stirrup, fr. L. saltatorius saltatory. See Saltatory, Sally, v.] (Her.) A St. Andrew's cross, or cross in the form of an X, -- one of the honorable ordinaries.