Definition of penates in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈnādēz/
Pronunciation: /pəˈnädēz/

plural noun

Roman History
Household gods worshiped in conjunction with Vesta and the lares by the ancient Romans.
Example sentences
  • Penates were also said to protect the interests of the state and of the peoples.


Latin, from penus 'provision of food'; related to penes 'within'.

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Syllabification: pe·na·tes

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