an ancient Roman god of doorways, of beginnings, and of the rising and setting of the sun, usually represented as having one head with two bearded faces back to back, looking in opposite directions.
Astronomy. a moon of the planet Saturn, located just outside the rings.
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How to use Janus in a sentence
We get a sense of Julie’s ambitions early on in the film, though they’re so entwined with her grief that the two fuse, like the dual heads of Janus.The Souvenir Part II Captures the Ragged Beauty of the 1980s Like No Other Film | Stephanie Zacharek | October 29, 2021 | Time
Janus was the culmination of several years of decisions undercutting unions, and it overruled a 41-year-old precedent to boot.3 winners and 3 losers from the just-completed Supreme Court term | Ian Millhiser | July 2, 2021 | Vox
Even if the weak condition on the energy is relaxed, something very like it in the form of a “Janus region” will almost always be present.
British Dictionary definitions for Janus (1 of 2)
the Roman god of doorways, passages, and bridges. In art he is depicted with two heads facing opposite ways
British Dictionary definitions for Janus (2 of 2)
a small inner satellite of Saturn
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Cultural definitions for Janus
The Roman god of doors and gateways and hence of beginnings.
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