pan-pan

[ pahn-pahn ]
/ ˈpɑnˈpɑn /

noun

an international distress signal used by shore stations to inform a ship, aircraft, etc., of something vital to its safety or to the safety of one of its passengers.

Nearby words

  1. pan-fried potatoes,
  2. pan-fry,
  3. pan-germanism,
  4. pan-indian dancing,
  5. pan-islamism,
  6. pan-slavism,
  7. pan-teutonism,
  8. pan.,
  9. panacea,
  10. panache

Sometimes pan [pahn] /pɑn/.

Origin of pan-pan

reduplication and alteration of French panne ‘breakdown, failure’

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