Main definitions of pax in English

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pax1

noun

  • 1British informal, dated [as exclamation] A call for a truce, used especially by schoolchildren when playing:

    ‘Pax! No offence meant, honest old chum’
  • 2historical (in the Christian Church) the kissing by all the participants at a mass of a tablet depicting the Crucifixion or other sacred object; the kiss of peace.

Origin

Latin, literally peace.

Pronunciation:

pax

/paks/

Main definitions of pax in English

: pax1pax2

pax2

noun

  • (chiefly in commercial use) a person or persons:

    ‘the buffet costs $53 per pax’
    ‘two pilots and four pax on board’
    • ‘The Super King Air 200 holds up to 10 pax.’
    • ‘Saturday evening was dinner for 51 pax at Al Ponte.’
    • ‘Jacksonville to Oceana was a deadhead leg (no pax or cargo).’
    • ‘To make the evolution go quicker, once the borrowed helicopter left the deck, we pulled our helicopter out of the hangar and loaded the pax.’
    • ‘As the code says, it will list the number of male, female and child pax on a given flight.’
    • ‘Located at the Mezzanine floor with shining marble flooring, the space can accommodate 300 pax in Theatre style.’
    • ‘Those at Basement level can accommodate 40 pax each in Theatre style.’
    • ‘By the time we planned for the return, took care of our pax, fueled and headed back, we were well into the afternoon.’
    • ‘Located at Lobby level, it can accommodate 14 pax in Sit down Silver Service.’

Origin

1970s: apparently an alteration of pass- (from passenger).

Pronunciation:

pax

/paks/

Main definitions of pax in English

: pax1pax2

Pax

proper noun

Roman Mythology
  • The goddess of peace.

    Greek equivalent Eirene

Pronunciation:

Pax

/paks/