- Rom. Myth. the god who is guardian of portals and patron of beginnings and endings: he is shown as having two faces, one in front, the other at the back of his head
- a small satellite of Saturn
Origin of JanusL, literally , gate, arched passageway from Indo-European base an unverified form y?-, variant, variety of an unverified form ei-, to go from source year
The god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions.
Origin of JanusLatin Iānus from iānus archway, doorway ; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
The temple of Janus was traditionally open only during time of war. Hence, for example:
- The present occupants of the Treasury Bench are determined that so long as they retain their places the Temple of Janus shall not be closed. — 1879 February 27, A. M. Sullivan, On the Zulu War (speech before the UK House of Commons).
From Latin Iānus.