from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Mythology A tutelary deity or spirit of an ancient Roman household.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tutelary deity; a deceased ancestor regarded as a protector of the family. The domestic Lares were the tutelar deities of a house; household gods.
- n. A species of gibbon (Hylobates lar), found in Burmah. Called also white-handed gibbon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, one of a class of infernal deities whose cult was of primitive origin.
- n. Hence One of the most cherished possessions of a family or household; one of the household gods. Compare Penates, in a like use.
- n. The white-handed gibbon, Hylobates lar. See Hylobates.
- n. plural A group of lepidopterous insects.
- n. A genus of gymnoblastic or tubularian hydroids, type of the family Hydrolaridæ.
- n. Lord: a title prefixed to Etruscan names, properly distinctive of the eldest son, and often mistaken for an integral part of the name. Also Lars.
Latin Lār, probably of Etruscan origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)