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/