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A state or declaration of peace overseen by a king. Compare the king's (also queen's) peace.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Robertson (1721–1793), historian and Church of Scotland minister. From post-classical Latin pax regis (frequently 1087–1461 in British sources) from classical Latin pāx peace + rēgis, genitive of rēx king. Compare French paix du roi.
pax regis/ˌpaks ˈriːdʒɪs/
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