Definition of lares in English:

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lares

Pronunciation: /ˈlerēz/

plural noun

Gods of the household worshiped in ancient Rome. See also penates.
Example sentences
  • Each family home would also have a small altar and shrine. The Romans had personal household gods or spirits called ‘lares’ which were worshipped every day at home.
  • In this sacrificial procession, statuettes of the lares and of the Emperor are held by three of the figures on the left.

Phrases

lares and penates

The home.
Example sentences
  • He would also have had more loyalty to his own culture - more pietas (respect for the lares and penates).
  • No wonder students in the College Programming Office compiled a complementary, unofficial list of lares and penates, ‘Things to Make a Dorm a Home.’
  • Throw in white and you resolve at least Leeds and Spurs, and get the colours of St. George - perhaps playing in these colours creates some form of prayer to the lares and penates, or to St. George or England itself?

Origin

Latin.

Words that rhyme with lares

primus inter pares
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