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Red Cross

or red cross (for defs 3, 4)

an international philanthropic organization (Red Cross Society) formed in consequence of the Geneva Convention of 1864, to care for the sick and wounded in war, secure neutrality of nurses, hospitals, etc., and help relieve suffering caused by pestilence, floods, fires, and other calamities.
a branch of this organization:
the American Red Cross.
the English national emblem of St. George's cross. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My address in Paris is below: it is quicker, they tell me, than the Red Cross.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • Nobody would offer to finance a chart with a Red Cross on it.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • I turned her over to some women I knew in the Red Cross, and she has been well taken care of ever since.

    The Girl Scouts at Home Katherine Keene Galt
  • The wounded had been borne away by busy Red Cross angels of mercy.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • I learn that an automobile driven by Germans and flying the Red Cross flag has been signalled.

    Beyond the Marne Henriette Cuvru-Magot
British Dictionary definitions for Red Cross

Red Cross

an international humanitarian organization (Red Cross Society) formally established by the Geneva Convention of 1864. It was originally limited to providing medical care for war casualties, but its services now include liaison between prisoners of war and their families, relief to victims of natural disasters, etc
any national branch of this organization
the emblem of this organization, consisting of a red cross on a white background
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Word Origin and History for Red Cross

red cross


early 15c., national emblem of England (St. George's Cross), also the badge of the Order of the Temple. Hence red-cross knight, one bearing such a marking on shield or crest. In 17c., a red cross was the mark placed on the doors of London houses inflected with the plague. Red Cross (in Muslim lands, red crescent) adopted as a symbol of ambulance service 1864 by the Geneva Conference.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Red Cross in Medicine

Red Cross n.

  1. An international organization that cares for the wounded, sick, and homeless in wartime according to the terms of the Geneva Convention of 1864, and now also during and following natural disasters.

  2. A national branch of the Red Cross.

  3. The Red Cross emblem of this organization, a Geneva cross or a red Greek cross on a white background.

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