Definition of pyx in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪks/


1 Christian Church The container in which the consecrated bread of the Eucharist is kept.
Example sentences
  • He wanted to restore to churches what he called ‘the real thing: vestments, pyxes, sedilia, road screens.’
  • Romans used ivory for pyxes and on furniture.
  • Similarly, the consecrated host was to be kept in a fitting manner, in a pyx, a small box made of silver or ivory which could be locked.
2(In the UK) a box at the Royal Mint in which specimen gold and silver coins are deposited to be tested annually at the trial of the pyx by members of the Goldsmiths' Company.
Example sentences
  • The pyx is the strong-box in which the coins are delivered to the jury.


Late Middle English: from Latin pyxis, from Greek puxis 'box'.

  • box from Old English:

    The box describing a type of container is probably via late Latin buxis, from Greek puxis, the name of the tree yielding hard timber for making boxes. This Greek word has also given pyx (Late Middle English), a term used in the Christian Church for a box storing the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. Boxing Day, originally the first working day after Christmas Day, was the one on which well-off households traditionally gave presents of money or other things to tradespeople and employees. Such a present was called a Christmas box, from the custom of collecting the money in an earthenware box which was broken after the collection had been made and the contents shared out. Pugilistic box (Late Middle English) was first in the general sense ‘a blow’; the origin is not known. See also bog

Words that rhyme with pyx

admix, affix, commix, fix, Hicks, intermix, MI6, mix, nix, Nyx, pix, Pnyx, prix fixe, Ricks, six, Styx, transfix, Wicks

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