Iron Cross

Iron Cross

noun
1.
a German medal awarded for outstanding bravery or service during wartime.
2.
(lowercase) Gymnastics. an upright, crosslike position held between the rings, with the arms fully extended laterally and the legs held together and pointed downward.

Origin:
1870–75

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Iron Cross
 
n
the highest decoration for bravery awarded to the German armed forces in wartime: instituted in 1813

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Iron Cross
from Ger. das eiserne kreuz, instituted by Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia, originally for distinguished military service in the wars against Napoleon.
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iron cross

Prussian military decoration instituted in 1813 by Frederick William III for distinguished service in the Prussian War of Liberation. Use of the decoration was revived by William I for the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, recreated in 1914 for World War I, and last revived by Adolf Hitler on Sept. 1, 1939, the same day that German forces invaded Poland.

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