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Three etymologies

Saltire < Old French saut(e)oirsauteur-our-ouersalteursaultoir (from 13th cent.), modern French sautoir , †

(1) silken or hempen stirrup-cord (? forming a deltoid figure when in use),

(2) stile to keep cattle from straying,

(3) saltire < Latin saltātōrium (see saltatory n.2)