from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Mythology The god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is sometimes the fifth and sometimes the sixth in distance from the planet. Periodically, Janus and another of Saturn's moons, Epimetheus, exchange orbits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The god of gates and doorways; having two faces looking in opposite directions.
  • proper n. A moon of Saturn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Latin deity represented with two faces looking in opposite directions. Numa is said to have dedicated to Janus the covered passage at Rome, near the Forum, which is usually called the Temple of Janus. This passage was open in war and closed in peace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A primitive Italic solar divinity regarded among the Romans as the doorkeeper of heaven and the especial patron of the beginning and ending of all undertakings.
  • n. Hence A doorkeeper.
  • n. [NL.] A genus of hymenopterous insects of the family Uroceridæ, resembling Cephus, but distinguished from it by the filiform antennæ. There is one European species, J. connectus, and one North American, J. flaviventris.
  • n. A double monster with the two heads looking in opposite directions. Also called janiceps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Roman mythology) the Roman god of doorways and passages; is depicted with two faces on opposite sides of his head


Latin Iānus, iānus, archway, doorway.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Iānus. (Wiktionary)



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