Definition of household gods in English:

household gods

plural noun

  • 1Gods presiding over a household, especially (in Roman history) the lares and penates.

    • ‘According to Virgil, Aeneas's sacrifice is to the goddess Juno; in Varro it is to the household gods; and in Dionysios it is to the Penates, in a shrine erected after the sacrifice took place.’
    • ‘His household gods came alive and told him he must go to Italy from where Dardanus came.’
    • ‘Again legend tells us that the Swallow was sacred to the Penates or household gods, and therefore to injure one would be to bring wrath upon your own house.’
    • ‘But there were also household gods - the gods of the hearth - specific to each family or clan.’
    • ‘This one is a New Year poem, called Lares Et Penates, inspired by the Roman concept of household gods.’
    • ‘The Romans had personal household gods or spirits called ‘lares’ which were worshipped every day at home.’
    • ‘It's about the generations coming together and paying their respects to their ancestors and the household gods.’
    • ‘Gonds also worship family and household gods, gods of the field, and gods of cattle.’
    1. 1.1figurative Possessions held in esteem.
      ‘the Fairley household gods—portraits and an assortment of silver’
      • ‘I thought of nothing but a precipitate retreat with my household gods, or rather goods, if such a trumpery collection of individual property might be called so.’
      • ‘Pay plenty of adoration to my household gods, whatever they may be.’
      • ‘It is so inexpressibly lovely that it makes a man ask himself whether it would not be worth his while to move his household gods to the eastern coast of Australia in order that he might look at it as long as he can look at anything.’

Pronunciation

household gods

/housˌ(h)ōld ˈɡädz/