proxenus

noun
prox·​e·​nus | \ ˈpräksənəs \
variants: or less commonly proxenos \ -​ksəˌnäs \
plural proxeni\ -​ksəˌnī \ also proxenoi\ -​ksəˌnoi \

Definition of proxenus

: a citizen of a city state in ancient Greece appointed by another state to have charge of its interests and the welfare of its citizens while in his state

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for proxenus

New Latin, from Greek proxenos, from pro before, for + xenos stranger, guest

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about proxenus

Statistics for proxenus

Cite this Entry

“Proxenus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proxenus. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

Comments on proxenus

What made you want to look up proxenus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!