Definition of penates in English:

penates

plural noun

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

    • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

penates

/pɪˈneɪtiːz//pɪˈnɑːtiːz/