lares and penates
noun plural Date: 1775 1. household gods 2. personal or household effects

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lares and penates — n. 1. the household gods of the ancient Romans: see LARES, PENATES 2. the treasured belongings of a family or household …   English World dictionary

  • lares and penates — noun plural : one s most valued personal or household effects those lares and penates which a householder, driven from his city home, cannot bring himself to leave behind Jerome Weidman * * * 1. Lares and Penates, Rom. Religion. the benevolent… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lares and penates — 1. Lares and Penates, Rom. Religion. the benevolent spirits and gods of the household. 2. the cherished possessions of a family or household. [1765 75; < L Lares (et) Penates] * * * …   Universalium

  • lares and penates — lar′es and pena′tes n. pl. the cherished possessions of a family or household • Etymology: 1765–75; < L Larēs (et) Penātēs …   From formal English to slang

  • lares and penates — Synonyms and related words: Hestia, Vesta, ancestral spirits, angel, attendant godling, belongings, chattels, control, daemon, demon, effects, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit, genius, genius domus, genius loci, good angel, good genius …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lares and penates — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One s portable property: belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property, thing (often used in plural).… …   English dictionary for students

  • lares and penates — /ˌlarɛz ən pəˈnatɛz/ (say .lahrez uhn puh nahtez) plural noun 1. Roman Mythology a. household gods. b. the tutelary deities of the state. 2. the cherished possessions of a family or household …   Australian English dictionary

  • penates — [pē nā′tēz΄] pl.n. [L, akin to penus, inner part of temple of Vesta: see PENETRATE] the household gods of the ancient Romans: see LARES AND PENATES …   English World dictionary

  • penates — Synonyms and related words: Hestia, Vesta, ancestral spirits, angel, attendant godling, control, daemon, demon, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit, genius, genius domus, genius loci, good angel, good genius, guardian, guardian angel,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lares — n.pl. Rom.Hist. the household gods. Phrases and idioms: lares and penates the home. Etymology: L * * * lares see lar …   Useful english dictionary

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