lares and penates


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lar·es and penates

 (lâr′ēz, lär′-)
pl.n.
Treasured household possessions.

[Partial translation of Latin Larēs et Penātēs, household gods : Larēs, pl. of Lār, Lar + et, and + Penātēs, Penates.]

lares and penates

(ˈlɛəriːz; ˈlɑː-)
pl n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Roman myth
a. household gods
b. statues of these gods kept in the home
2. the valued possessions of a household
[Latin]

lar′es and pena′tes


n.pl.
the cherished possessions of a family or household.
[1765–75; < Latin Larēs(et)Penātēs]
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lares and penates

noun
One's portable property:
belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property, thing (often used in plural).
Informal: stuff.
Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural).
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Religion played a part in Horace's life--not the traditional religion of Rome, but recognition of the minor gods: Mercury, the god of culture, Venus, goddess of love, Bacchus, god of wine, and the household gods, the Lares and Penates.