plural noun Roman Religion.
Origin of Penates
Examples from the Web for penates
Thank the Lares and Penates that Howard Fast wrote Spartacus for similar reasons.
This grinning little deity--the facsimile of an Indian idol--must express their idea of the Penates.A Love Story|A Bushman
Golden masks decorated with stones were placed upon their faces, just as ancient families rendered homage to the Penates.De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
We will set up our Lares and Penates in its very centerahem!Three Little Women's Success|Gabrielle E. Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for penates
Word Origin for penates
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).