pax

[ paks, pahks ]
/ pæks, pɑks /

noun

Ecclesiastical. kiss of peace.
(initial capital letter) a period in history marked by the absence of major wars, usually imposed by a predominant nation.

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Origin of pax

1325–75; Middle English <Latin: peace

Definition for pax (2 of 3)

Pax
[ paks, pahks ]
/ pæks, pɑks /

noun

the Roman goddess of peace.

Definition for pax (3 of 3)

PAX

private automatic exchange.
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British Dictionary definitions for pax (1 of 3)

pax
/ (pæks) /

noun

mainly RC Church
  1. a greeting signifying Christian love transmitted from one to another of those assisting at the Eucharist; kiss of peace
  2. a small metal or ivory plate, often with a representation of the Crucifixion, formerly used to convey the kiss of peace from the celebrant at Mass to those attending it, who kissed the plate in turn

interjection

British school slang a call signalling an end to hostilities or claiming immunity from the rules of a game: usually accompanied by a crossing of the fingers

Word Origin for pax

Latin: peace

British Dictionary definitions for pax (2 of 3)

Pax
/ (pæks) /

noun

the Roman goddess of peaceGreek counterpart: Irene
a period of general peace, esp one in which there is one dominant nation

Word Origin for Pax

Latin: peace

British Dictionary definitions for pax (3 of 3)

PAX

abbreviation for

private automatic exchange
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