Definition of penates in English:

penates

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

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

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