The kiss of peace; also, the embrace in the sanctuary now substituted for it at High Mass in Roman Catholic churches.
- Ecclesiastical A small flat tablet adorned with a sacred image that worshippers kiss when offered the kiss of peace.
- Ecclesiastical The kiss of peace.
- 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 ... a crushing disinterest from most of the public” ( Nisid Hajari).