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Red Cross

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.
Also, red cross (for defs 3, 4) Unabridged
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  • Then we passed a vast concourse of red-cross tents of every description, proclaiming a hospital.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
  • My men are already gone, with the red-cross corps, to succor whom they can.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • The red-cross, of common stuff, was fastened on the poor garments of the peasants.

    The Ravens and the Angels Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • The origin of the order of red-cross Knights, or Templars, was very different, though its military object was nearly the same.

    The History of Chivalry G. P. R. James
  • The red-cross Knight held himself a thrice happy man, and ever as he looked on his dear lady rejoiced anew.

  • What boy was there through the length and breadth of Britain who did not long to be out with them under the red-cross flag?

    Rodney Stone Arthur Conan Doyle
  • These were many, but at present I can only tell you of that in which the red-cross Knight lost his armour.

  • While the fighting is yet going on the red-cross flags here and there beckon to those who are wounded in the field.

    Human Bullets Tadayoshi Sakurai
  • Had the rest done their duty like the women and the army, the red-cross flag would be floating to-day in triumph!

  • Jimmy says he's never been near enough to a battle to see the red-cross flags on the base hospital.

    The Red Cross Girl Richard Harding Davis
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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