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Lares

[lair-eez, ley-reez] /ˈlɛər iz, ˈleɪ riz/
plural noun, singular Lar
[lahr] /lɑr/ (Show IPA).
Roman Religion
1.
the spirits who, if propitiated, watched over the house or community to which they belonged.
Compare Penates.
Origin of Lares
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Larēs

lar

[lahr] /lɑr/
noun, plural lares
[lair-eez, ley-reez] /ˈlɛər iz, ˈleɪ riz/ (Show IPA),
for 1, lars for 2.
1.
(initial capital letter) Roman Religion. any of the Lares.
2.
Origin
1580-90; < Latin
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  • Then the Semones are invoked, who, like the Lares, are gods of sowing.

  • Deaf is the heart to which the Lares call from the desolate floors in vain.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • The Romans never sat down to eat without placing a portion aside for the Lares and Penates.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • We will set up our Lares and Penates in its very centerahem!

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • "How glad you must be to get back to your Lares and Penates," said the Baron, smiling blandly.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • It has a fourth century Shrine of the Lares, with niches for statues.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Sometimes a large altar is found, and the Lares, with their offerings, are painted on a wall above it.

  • It is thus interpreted by the same author:—Nos, Lares, juvate.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic William Young Sellar
  • Beyond the impluvium is the place of a small altar for the worship of the Lares.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for Lares

lar1

/lɑː/
noun
1.
the singular of lares See lares and penates

lar2

/lɑː/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a boy or young man

LAR

abbreviation
1.
Libya (international car registration)
Word Origin
from L(ibyan) A(rab) R(epublic)
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Word Origin and History for Lares

lares

n.

"Roman tutelary gods, household deities," Latin, plural of lar.

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Related Abbreviations for Lares

LAR

Libya (international vehicle ID)
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