- the spirits who, if propitiated, watched over the house or community to which they belonged.
Origin of Lares
First recorded in 1590–1600, Lares is from the Latin word Larēs
- (initial capital letter) Roman Religion. any of the Lares.
- Zoology. white-handed gibbon.
Origin of lar
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for lares
Thank the Lares and Penates that Howard Fast wrote Spartacus for similar reasons.Erica Jong Defends Feminist Revolution
March 27, 2012
Beyond the impluvium is the place of a small altar for the worship of the Lares.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Deaf is the heart to which the Lares call from the desolate floors in vain.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
When a sacrifice was offered to the Lares, the victim was a pig.Pompeii, Its Life and Art
We will set up our Lares and Penates in its very centerahem!Three Little Women's Success
Gabrielle E. Jackson
But some think that Lares are such as trouble private houses.Folk-lore and legends: English
Charles John Tibbits
- the singular of laresSee lares and penates
- Northern English dialect a boy or young man
- Libya (international car registration)
from L(ibyan) A(rab) R(epublic)
Word Origin and History for lares
"Roman tutelary gods, household deities," Latin, plural of lar.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper