\ ˈpaks How to pronounce pax (audio) , ˈpäks How to pronounce pax (audio) \

Definition of pax

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

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All pax deplaned, crews on scene to clear the area. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Newark International Airport temporarily grounds flights after United jet's emergency landing," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of pax

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pax

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

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