lares and penates

plural noun

Lares and Penates, Roman Religion. the benevolent spirits and gods of the household.
the cherished possessions of a family or household.

Origin of lares and penates

1765–75; < Latin Larēs (et) Penātēs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lares and penates

lares and penates

/ (ˈlɛəriːz, ˈlɑː-) /

pl n

Roman myth
  1. household gods
  2. statues of these gods kept in the home
the valued possessions of a household

Word Origin for lares and penates

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