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Pax, n.1 Also: paxe, pacx. [ME. and e.m.E. pax in sense 2 below (c 1375), sense 1 (c 1440), sense 3 (a 1485), L. pax.]

1. The ‘kiss of peace’ in the mass: cf. Kis n. (2). c1420 Wynt. v. 5754.
At the mes than ordanyd he … pax to be gyvyn ay
Ib. 4027, vii. 997. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 204/23.
In this Kyng Stevinnis coronacoun at the mes … the pax was forȝet and nocht gevin

2. = Pax-bred(e n. 1506 Reg. Soltre 159.
For ane gilt pax iii s.
1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 397.
Ane boist to keip hoistis in and ane cover to serve for the pax
1557 Old Dundee II. 128 (see Ocarist n.). 1559 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. lxxxviii.
Chalices, paxes and acrosse

3. Peace. 1535 Stewart 44840.
Ane man he wes of policie and pax [: relax]
1546 Rec. Earld. Orkney 231.
[The land to be held] alse frelie, veil and in paxe as onye outwell lande
1564 Fraser P. 188.
Frelie, quietlie, wele and in pacx

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