Definition of penates in English:


Line breaks: pe|na¦tes
Pronunciation: /pɪˈnɑːtiːz
, -ˈneɪt-/


  • Household gods worshipped in conjunction with Vesta and the lares by the ancient Romans.
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    • 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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