- gods who watched over the home or community to which they belonged: originally, two deities of the storeroom.
Origin of Penates
Examples from the Web for penates
Thank the Lares and Penates that Howard Fast wrote Spartacus for similar reasons.Erica Jong Defends Feminist Revolution
March 27, 2012
Hamersley recognises them as part of the penates of his late host.The Lone Ranche
Captain Mayne Reid
The Penates of the city were above all the emperor and his family.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
Hence, his appeal to the female Penates took this constricted form.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The Penates, Mr. Warde Fowler tells us, were the spirits of the foods.Comparative Religion
J. Estlin Carpenter
Word Origin and History for penates
Roman household gods, 1510s, from Latin penates "gods of the inside of the house," related to penatus "sanctuary of a temple" (especially that of Vesta), cognate with penitus "within" (see penetrate).