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Lares

[lair-eez, ley-reez]
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plural noun, singular Lar [lahr] /lɑr/. Roman Religion.
  1. the spirits who, if propitiated, watched over the house or community to which they belonged.
Compare Penates.

Origin of Lares

First recorded in 1590–1600, Lares is from the Latin word Larēs

lar

[lahr]
noun, plural lar·es [lair-eez, ley-reez] /ˈlɛər iz, ˈleɪ riz/ for 1, lars for 2.
  1. (initial capital letter) Roman Religion. any of the Lares.
  2. Zoology. white-handed gibbon.

Origin of lar

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580–90
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British Dictionary definitions for lares

lar1

noun
  1. the singular of laresSee lares and penates

lar2

noun
  1. Northern English dialect a boy or young man

LAR

abbreviation for
  1. Libya (international car registration)

Word Origin

from L(ibyan) A(rab) R(epublic)
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Word Origin and History for lares

n.

"Roman tutelary gods, household deities," Latin, plural of lar.

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