in ancient Roman belief, the deified souls of the dead, esp. of dead ancestors
Origin of manesMiddle English from Classical Latin from Indo-European base an unverified form m?-, good: see mañana
the soul or spirit of a dead person
var. of Mani
- The spirits of the dead, regarded as minor supernatural powers in ancient Roman religion.
- used with a sing. verb The revered spirit of one who has died.
Origin of manesMiddle English from Latin mānēs perhaps from mānis good ; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The souls or spirits of dead ancestors, conceived as deities or the subjects of reverence.
From Latin manes (“spirits of the dead").
- plural form of mane