Definition of penates in English:


Syllabification: pe·na·tes
Pronunciation: /pəˈnātēz, -ˈnä-


Roman History
  • Household gods worshiped 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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