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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ancient Greek ξένος (xénos).


  • IPA(key): [ʔaks(ə)nɑjɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [ʔaks(ə)nɑje(ʔ)] (plural)


ܐܟܣܢܝܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܐܟܣܢܝܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܐܟܣܢܝܬܐ‎)

  1. stranger, foreigner
  2. pilgrim
  3. guest, visitor, lodger

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek ξενία (xenía).



ܐܟܣܢܝܐ (transliteration needed) f (uncountable)

  1. strange or foreign country
  2. living or travelling abroad
  3. exile, banishment
  4. (figuratively) life of an anchorite
  5. hospitality, lodging
  6. hostelry, guesthouse


  • ˀksnyˀ”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 159b-160a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 16b
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 44b