the household gods of the ancient Romans
see lares and penates
Origin of penatesL, akin to penus, inner part of temple of Vesta: see penetrate
plural nounRoman 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.
Origin of PenatesLatin Penat&emacron;s, from penus, foodstuff, interior of a house.
- (historical) The household gods, in ancient Rome, thought to watch over one's house and storeroom; by extension, one's definitive household goods.
From Latin PenÄtÄ“s, from penus (“inner part of house").