Definition of household gods in English:

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household gods

Pronunciation: /housˌ(h)ōld ˈɡädz/

plural noun

1Gods presiding over a household, especially (in Roman History) the lares and penates.
Example sentences
  • The Romans had personal household gods or spirits called ‘lares’ which were worshipped every day at home.
  • This one is a New Year poem, called Lares Et Penates, inspired by the Roman concept of household gods.
  • Again legend tells us that the Swallow was sacred to the Penates or household gods, and therefore to injure one would be to bring wrath upon your own house.
1.1Possessions held in esteem: the Fairley household gods—portraits and an assortment of silver
More example sentences
  • And pay *plenty* of adoration to my household gods, whatever they may be.

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Syllabification: house·hold gods

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