Definition of lares in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːriːz/

plural noun

Gods of the household worshipped 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.


lares and penates

A person’s home and household possessions.
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?



Words that rhyme with lares

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