Definition of lares and penates in US English:

lares and penates


  • A person's home and household possessions.

    • ‘He would also have had more loyalty to his own culture - more pietas (respect for the lares and penates).’
    • ‘Throw in white and you resolve at least Leeds and Spurs, and get the colours of St. George - perhaps playing in these colours creates some form of prayer to the lares and penates, or to St. George or England itself?’
    • ‘No wonder students in the College Programming Office compiled a complementary, unofficial list of lares and penates, ‘Things to Make a Dorm a Home.’’