from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Roman Mythology The Roman gods of the household, tutelary deities of the home and of the state, whose cult was closely connected and often identified with that of the Lares.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The household gods of the ancient Romans. They presided over the home and the family hearth. See Lar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Rom, antiquity, the household gods, who presided over families, and were worshiped in the interior of every dwelling. They included the Lares. See Lar.
Latin Penātēs, from penus, foodstuff, interior of a house.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)