Origin of Janus
British Dictionary definitions for janus (1 of 2)
Word Origin for Janus
British Dictionary definitions for janus (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for janus
ancient Italic deity, guardian god of portals, doors, and gates; patron of beginnings and endings, c.1500, from Latin Ianus, literally "gate, arched passageway," perhaps from PIE root *ei- "to go" (cf. Sanskrit yanah "path," Old Church Slavonic jado "to travel"). He is shown as having two faces, one in front the other in back. His temple in Rome was closed only in times of peace.
Culture definitions for janus
The Roman god of doors and gateways and hence of beginnings.