Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross
/vɪktɔriə ˈkrɒs/ (say viktawreeuh 'kros)

1. the highest bravery award in the imperial honours system, the decoration being in the shape of a bronze Maltese cross, awarded to members of the armed services for acts of conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy, founded by Queen Victoria in 1856. Abbrev.: VC
2. Victoria Cross for Australia, an award with the same ranking as the Victoria Cross, created within the Australian honours system in 1991 to replace the imperial award. Abbrev.: VC
The Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria to honour acts of outstanding bravery during the Crimean War. The award, in bronze, consists of a bar decorated with laurel leaves and bearing a ‘V’ from which the cross hangs, the cross having a crown and lion superimposed and bearing the inscription ‘For Valour’. The imperial Victoria Cross has been awarded to 96 Australians, including 64 for action in World War I, 20 in World War II and 4 in Vietnam. The Victoria Cross for Australia, of identical design to the original, has been awarded to several soldiers for action in Afghanistan.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Victoria Cross — n the full name of the ↑VC …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Victoria Cross — n. the highest British Commonwealth military decoration, awarded for deeds of exceptional valor …   English World dictionary

  • Victoria Cross — For the abbreviation, see VC. For other uses, see Victoria Cross (disambiguation). Victoria Cross …   Wikipedia

  • Victoria Cross — Croix de Victoria  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Ordre royal de Victoria. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Croix de Victoria (homonymie) et Victoria. Croix de Victoria …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Victoria Cross — Vorderseite des Victoria Kreuzes und Wiederholungsspange Das Victoria Cross (deutsch: „Victoria Kreuz“) ist die höchste Kriegsauszeichnung der Streitkräfte des Vereinigten Königreichs und einiger Staaten des Commonwealth. Es wird für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Victoria Cross — a British decoration awarded to soldiers and sailors for acts of conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy. Abbr.: V.C. [1855 60] * * * ▪ British military decoration       the highest decoration for valour in the British armed forces,… …   Universalium

  • Victoria Cross — UK [vɪkˌtɔːrɪə ˈkrɒs] / US [vɪkˌtɔrɪə ˈkrɔs] noun [countable] Word forms Victoria Cross : singular Victoria Cross plural Victoria Crosses a medal given to British soldiers for very brave acts …   English dictionary

  • VICTORIA CROSS —    a naval and military decoration in the shape of a Maltese cross, instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 for conspicuous bravery in the presence of an enemy …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Victoria Cross — n. a decoration awarded for conspicuous bravery in the armed services, instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 …   Useful english dictionary

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