Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A small flat tablet adorned with a sacred image that worshippers kiss when offered the kiss of peace.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The kiss of peace.
  • n. A time of wide-ranging stability when there is only a single dominant power. Used with a Latinized name: "Editorials lauding the civilizing influence of Pax Britannica were met with ... a crushing disinterest from most of the public” ( Nisid Hajari).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painted, stamped or carved tablet with a representation of Christ or the Virgin Mary, which was kissed by the priest during the Mass ("kiss of peace") and then passed to other officiating clergy and the congregation to be kissed. See also osculatory.
  • n. passenger; passengers
  • interj. A cry for peace or truce in children's games.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The kiss of peace; also, the embrace in the sanctuary now substituted for it at High Mass in Roman Catholic churches.
  • n. A tablet or board, on which is a representation of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, or of some saint and which, in the Mass, was kissed by the priest and then by the people, in mediæval times; an osculatory. It is still used in communities, confraternities, etc.
  • n. Friendship, or a friend; -- esp. in the phrases to make pax with, to make friends with, to be good pax, to be good friends; also, truce; -- used esp. interjectionally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a small tablet ornamented with a representation of some Christian scene or symbol.
  • n. The kiss of peace. See kiss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist

Etymologies

Medieval Latin pāx, from Latin, peace. Sense 2, on the model of Late Latin pāx (Rōmāna), the Roman peace, state of security obtaining under Roman rule, alteration of Latin (Rōmāna) pāx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pax peace. See peace. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Center, otherwise known as a "pax" terminal pax is short for passengers.

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  • The X and P combined are similar to the Latin word pax, meaning peace.

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  • Suddenly Anthea said, 'Oh! let it be "pax" -- poor little Pussy -- you know she's the youngest.'

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  • He called pax almost straightaway, the little dung piece, but I kept into him until the Pershron twins pulled me off, by which time his face was well colored and pushed out of shape, the punishment I’d given him.

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  • The only other picture of his that need be mentioned here is a predella in a church near Urbino, relating to the theft of a pax, which is attributed to him by many critics.

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  • The pax was a small tablet of silver or other precious metal, used for giving the kiss of peace during High Mass.

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  • That is of course assuming Britain's government isn't merely allowed the pretense of control providing they remain wedded to an increasingly bellicose 'pax' americana.

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  • Although interestingly, wikipedia states that "pax yada yada" refers to the empire at it's prime and ergo at a period of peace and minimal military expansion hence the "pax" I suppose.

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  • Dev's don't need to directly interfere with the politics, but can easily change the playing field in favor of invaders or defenders to get more or less "pax" if they so choose.

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  • Skinch was the local children's word for "pax", and I hadn't heard it for at least ten years.

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