, I. e. any citizen of a foreign state, with whom one has a treaty of hospitality for self and heirs, confirmed by mutual presents (ξένια
) and an appeal to Ζεὺς ξένιος
of one of the parties bound by ties of hospitality, i. e. either the guest
, or = ξεινοδόκος
, the host
3.any one entitled to hospitality, a stranger, refugee, Od.
, attic:—the term was politely used of any one whose name was unknown, and the address ὦ ξένε
came to mean little more than friend
II.a foreign soldier, hireling, mercenary, Thuc., Xen.