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Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly a variant of Xenia, from Latin Xenia, from Ancient Greek ξενία (xenía, hospitable), the assumed name of a fifth-century saint venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, from ξένος (xénos, stranger, guest).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name from Ancient Greek of modern usage.


Etymology 2[edit]

The lead character in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001) was the inspiration for the dwarf planet's nickname and for comparisons to the character.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (astronomy, obsolete, informal) Eris (dwarf planet)


Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (formerly the 10th planet): Gabrielle (the moon of Xena)


Xena (plural Xenas)

  1. A tough, physical, confident woman.
    • 1999 (Dec), David Lansing, "My Neighborhood", Orange Coast Magazine, 25(12): 189
      I am raising a little Xena, a water warrior. Fierce, sure of herself.
    • 2000, Lynn Harris. Breakup Girl to the Rescue!, page 120
      How do I drill self-confidence into the illogical half of my brain. or train my logical half to become my inner Xena and shout it down?
    • 2001, Judith Arnold, Muriel Jensen, & Bobby Hutchinson, All Summer Long, page 148
      "Okay, Xena," he said, taking the rope from Haley and tugging the branch toward the back door. "You push, and we'll get this outside."
    • 2005, Melissa Jacobs, Lexi James and the Council of Girlfriends, page 78:
      She is a beautiful woman, the result of a family tree that includes African and Irish blood. But there's no getting around her five-eleven frame and muscular body. The rest of her staff calls her Xena. She likes that.
    • 2006, Elaine Overton, Promises of the Heart, page 107:
      Julian shook his head at her brazenness. "That's okay, I believe you. You are a regular Xena."

(A tough, physical, confident, woman):