noun \ˈpaks, ˈpäks\

Definition of pax

  1. 1 :  a tablet decorated with a sacred figure (as of Christ) and sometimes ceremonially kissed by participants at mass

  2. 2 :  the kiss of peace in the Mass

  3. 3 :  peace; especially, capitalized :  a period of general stability in international affairs under the influence of dominant military power —usually used in combination with a latinized name Pax Americana

Origin and Etymology of pax

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, peace — more at peace

First Known Use: 14th century

Learn More about pax

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pax? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!