- the Roman goddess of peace, identified with the Greek Irene
- sign of peace
Origin of paxin allusion to Pax Romana a relatively peaceful political condition resulting from the dominance of a large power: usually in comb.: Pax Americana
Origin of paxMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin ; from L, peace
- Ecclesiastical a. A small flat tablet adorned with a sacred image that worshipers kiss when offered the kiss of peace.b. The kiss of peace.
- Pax 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 &ellipsis; a crushing disinterest from most of the public” (Nisid Hajari).
Origin of paxMedieval Latin pax, from Latin, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, on the model of Late Latin pax (R&omacron;mana), the Roman peace, state of security obtaining under Roman rule, alteration of Latin (R&omacron;mana) pax.
- 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.
- (informal, usually in the plural) passenger; passengers
- (informal, usually in the plural, by extension, hospitality industry) guest (at an event or function)
From Latin pax.
pax - Computer Definition
(1) (Private Automatic Exchange) An inhouse intercom system.
(2) (Parallel Architecture Extended) A parallel processing environment standard based on Intel's i860 RISC chip, Unix System V and Alliant Computer's parallel and 3D graphics technologies.