Maltese cross


Maltese cross
A cross with arms broadening outwards. The ends are indented so that there are eight 'points', each of which symbolises one of the eight Beatitudes. It was used by the Knights Hospitaller as their sign.

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  • Maltese cross — Maltese Mal*tese , a. Of or pertaining to Malta or to its inhabitants. n. sing. & pl. A native or inhabitant of Malta; the people of Malta. [1913 Webster] {Maltese cross}. See Illust. 5, of {Cross}. {Maltese dog} (Zo[ o]l.), a breed of small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maltese cross — n. (Bot.) A Eurasian garden perennial ({Lychins chalcedonica}) having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads. Syn: scarlet lychnis, {Lychins chalcedonica}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. A cross with triangular or arrow shaped arms and the points toward the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maltese cross — n. [from its use as an emblem by the medieval Knights of Malta] 1. a cross whose arms look like arrowheads pointing inward: see CROSS 2. a perennial garden flower (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family, having brilliant red five parted flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Maltese cross — For other uses, see Maltese cross (disambiguation). Maltese cross The insignia of a Serving Brother of …   Wikipedia

  • Maltese cross — noun a cross with triangular or arrow shaped arms and the points toward the center • Hypernyms: ↑Cross * * * ˌMaltese ˈcross 7 noun a cross whose arms are equal in length and have wide ends with V shapes cut out of them   Word Origin: [Maltese… …   Useful english dictionary

  • maltese cross — noun Eurasian garden perennial having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads • Syn: ↑scarlet lychnis, ↑Lychins chalcedonica • Hypernyms: ↑lychnis, ↑catchfly * * * ˌMaltese ˈcross 7 noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Maltese cross — noun Date: 1877 1. a. a cross formée b. a cross that resembles the cross formée but has the outer face of each arm indented in a V see cross illustration 2. a Eurasian herb (Lychnis chalcedonica) of the pink family cultivated for its usually… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Maltese cross — 1. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward. See illus. under cross. 2. See scarlet lychnis. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Maltese Cross — Mal|tese Cross [ˌmo:lti:z ˈkrɔs US ˌmo:lti:z ˈkro:s] n a cross with four pieces that become wider as they go out from the centre …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Maltese cross — noun a cross with arms of equal length which broaden from the centre and have their ends indented in a shallow V shape. Origin so named because the cross was formerly worn by the Knights Hospitallers, a religious order based in Malta 1530–1798 …   English new terms dictionary

  • Maltese cross — Mal′tese cross′ n. a cross having four equal arms that expand in width outward • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang


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