[ lair-eez, ley-reez ]

plural noun

, Roman Religion.
, singular Lar [lahr].
  1. the spirits who, if propitiated, watched over the house or community to which they belonged.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Lares1

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

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Example Sentences

Thank the Lares and Penates that Howard Fast wrote Spartacus for similar reasons.

The third was much the same as the more modern Lares and Penates, and superintended dwelling-houses and families.

The Lares were also worshiped by the Roman family, though they were quite unknown to the Greeks.

Matt represented to Rupert the Lares and Penates his emotional nature required and had been denied.

The Lares and Penates themselves were very small objects to look at, whatever may have been the thoughts they suggested.

I was somewhere about sixteen when, on going home for the holidays, I found my mother's brother settled among the household Lares.


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