Lares

[lair-eez, ley-reez]
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plural noun, singular Lar [lahr] /lɑr/. Roman Religion.

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.

(initial capital letter) Roman Religion. any of the Lares.

Origin of lar

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580–90

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British Dictionary definitions for lares

lar

1

noun

the singular of laresSee lares and penates

lar

2

noun

Northern English dialect a boy or young man

LAR

abbreviation for

Libya (international car registration)

Word Origin for LAR

from L(ibyan) A(rab) R(epublic)

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Word Origin and History for lares

lares

n.

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

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