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pax

[paks, pahks] /pæks, pɑks/
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical, kiss of peace.
2.
(initial capital letter) a period in history marked by the absence of major wars, usually imposed by a predominant nation.
Origin of pax
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin: peace

Pax

[paks, pahks] /pæks, pɑks/
noun
1.
the Roman goddess of peace.

PAX

1.
private automatic exchange.

pax vobiscum

[pahks woh-bis-koo m; English paks voh-bis-kuh m, pahks] /ˈpɑks woʊˈbɪs kʊm; English ˈpæks voʊˈbɪs kəm, ˈpɑks/
Latin.
1.
peace be with you.
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Examples from the Web for pax
Historical Examples
  • But the very oddest example of the survival of the notion that the stars are men or women is found in the ‘pax’ of Aristophanes.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • Let us say a pax eterna,' and he fumbled for his beads as he spoke.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • After a friendly dispute as to who should kiss the pax first, they kissed each other instead.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • The whip cracked, and pax, leaping forward, seized the side of the engine.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • For the first time in its history, India was firmly united under one rule—the rule of the pax Britannica.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Suddenly it occurred to pax that now was a favourable opportunity to test his plan.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • In turbis atque seditionibus pessimo cuique plurima vis; pax et quies bonis artibus aluntur.

  • This is all very interesting and strange, pax, but what has it to do with George Aspel?

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • So said pax; and pax was a good judge, being naturally critical.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • Phil turned at once to run to the aid of pax, but there was no occasion to do so.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for pax

pax

/pæks/
noun
1.
(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
2.
(Brit, 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
Latin: peace

Pax

/pæks/
noun
1.
the Roman goddess of peace Greek counterpart Irene
2.
a period of general peace, esp one in which there is one dominant nation
Word Origin
Latin: peace

PAX

abbreviation
1.
private automatic exchange

pax vobiscum

/pæks vəʊˈbɪskʊm/
uknown
1.
peace be with you
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Word Origin and History for pax
n.

mid-15c., "kiss of peace," from Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace," in Ecclesiastical Latin, "kiss of peace" (see peace). Capitalized, Pax was the name of the Roman goddess of peace. Used by 1933 with adjectives from national names, on model of Pax Romana (e.g. Pax Britannica, 1872; Pax Americana, 1886, with reference to Latin America).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pax

pax

noun

A passenger: There were twenty pax listed for the trip

[1970s+; apparently derived fr passenger as prexy is fr president]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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