: a tablet decorated with a sacred figure (as of Christ) and sometimes ceremonially kissed by participants at mass
: the kiss of peace in the Mass
: peace
especially, Pax : 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pax was in the 14th century

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“Pax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pax. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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