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Etymology 1Edit

First attested 1932, abbreviation of pictures, first used in Variety magazine, along with other similar words that the magazine calls slanguage [1].


pix (plural only)

  1. (informal) Plural form of pic in the sense of "picture".
    • 1946, “Palisades Notes”, in The Billboard, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., ISSN 0006-2510, Volume 58, Number 37 (1946 September 14), page 82:
      Annual photo contest has brought in some pix by amateurs which are definitely in the professional category.
    • 1978, response to a letter to the editor, in American Motorcyclist, American Motorcyclist Association, ISSN 0277-9358, Volume 32, Number 2 (1978 February), page 4:
      Photo selection can be tricky with space limitations, Arthur, and we blew that one. Hope the Scott pix in our January issue made you feel better about this.
    • 2010, Lynn Powell, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, a Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response, The New Press, ISBN 978-1-59558-551-6, pages 15–16:
      He nervously wrote down Amy’s instructions for what to say and how to behave if the police came back with a search warrant:
      • []
      • take pix of damage afterward
  2. Specifically, motion pictures; movies.

Etymology 2Edit


pix (plural pixes)

  1. A variant of pyx



From Proto-Indo-European *pik- (resin), from Proto-Indo-European *pi- (sap, juice). Cognate with Ancient Greek πίσσα (píssa, pitch, tar), Lithuanian pikis (pitch), Latin pīnus (pine). More at pine.



pix f (genitive picis); third declension

  1. pitch, tar


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pix picēs
genitive picis picum
dative picī picibus
accusative picem picēs
ablative pice picibus
vocative pix picēs

Related termsEdit





  1. rafsi of pinxe.