Definitions and meaning of pax
- enPR: păks, IPA(key): /pæks/
- Homophone: packs
Borrowed from Latin pax (“peace”). See peace. As school slang, originally used at Winchester College, Hampshire in the United Kingdom.
- (Christianity) 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.
- (Britain, dated, school slang) Friendship; truce.
- to make pax with someone
- to be good pax (i.e. good friends)
- (Christianity) The kiss of peace.
- (Christianity) A crucifix, a tablet with the image of Christ on the cross upon it, or a reliquary.
- (Britain, dated, school slang) A cry for peace or truce in children's games.
Abbreviation of passenger. X is an abbreviation marker as in DX, TX and canx.
pax (plural pax)
- (informal, usually in the plural) A passenger; passengers.
- (informal, usually in the plural, by extension, hospitality industry) A guest (at an event or function).
From Proto-Italic *pāks, Proto-Indo-European *péh₂ḱ-s (“peace”), from the root *peh₂ḱ- (“to join, to attach”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /paːks/
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /paks/
pāx f (genitive pācis); third declension
- (poetic) rest, quiet, ease
- (transferred sense) grace (esp. from the gods)
- (transferred sense) leave, good leave (permission)
- (ecclesiastical) peace, harmony
- silence! be silent! hush!
- c. 254-184 BCE, Plautus, Miles Gloriosus, 3.1.213
- Pax! Abi!
- Hush! Be off!
- c. 195-159 BCE, Publius Terentius Afer, Heauton Timorumenos, 2.3.49
- Capillus passus, prolixus, circum caput reiectus negligenter; pax.
- Her hair was loose, long, and thrown back negligently about her temples. Do you hold your peace.
- c. 254-184 BCE, Plautus, Trinummus, 4.2.46
- Pax, id est nomen mihi; hoc cottidianus.
- Hush, that's my name; my everyday name.
- pax in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- pax in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- pax in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- pax in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- pax in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- pax in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
Since 1880 from Latin pāx (“peace”).
- IPA(key): /paks/
- Homophone: packs
- (children’s language) dibs (to claim a stake to something); used as a noun with the verbs få “get, receive” and ha “have”, or as a verb; att paxa.
- Pax för soffan! - “I have (first) dibs on the sofa!”
- Jag fick pax på framsätet! - “I got dibs on shotgun!”
- Jag har paxat fåtöljen - I "have dibbed" the armchair
- (Latin) peace, a truce.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)