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or penates

[puh-ney-teez, -nah-] /pəˈneɪ tiz, -ˈnɑ-/
plural noun, Roman Religion.
gods who watched over the home or community to which they belonged: originally, two deities of the storeroom.
Compare Lares.
Origin of Penates
1505-15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Romans never sat down to eat without placing a portion aside for the Lares and Penates.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • Hamersley recognises them as part of the Penates of his late host.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • "How glad you must be to get back to your Lares and Penates," said the Baron, smiling blandly.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The Penates of the city were above all the emperor and his family.

  • Evesham had given up his large sunny room to Dorothy's mother, but he had not removed all his lares and Penates.

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4) Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • We will set up our Lares and Penates in its very centerahem!

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • The Penates, Mr. Warde Fowler tells us, were the spirits of the foods.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • Hence, his appeal to the female Penates took this constricted form.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • That, says Hume, is the nearest approach to a fight for its Penates he has ever seen a sarus make.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for Penates


plural noun
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Penates



Roman household gods, 1510s, from Latin penates "gods of the inside of the house," related to penatus "sanctuary of a temple" (especially that of Vesta), cognate with penitus "within" (see penetrate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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