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[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.
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Origin of Lares

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


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.
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Origin of lar

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580–90
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  1. the singular of laresSee lares and penates
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  1. Northern English dialect a boy or young man
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abbreviation for
  1. Libya (international car registration)
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Word Origin

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


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

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