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

  • n. Roman Mythology A tutelary deity or spirit of an ancient Roman household.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tutelary deity; a deceased ancestor regarded as a protector of the family. The domestic Lares were the tutelar deities of a house; household gods.
  • n. A species of gibbon (Hylobates lar), found in Burmah. Called also white-handed gibbon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, one of a class of infernal deities whose cult was of primitive origin.
  • n. Hence One of the most cherished possessions of a family or household; one of the household gods. Compare Penates, in a like use.
  • n. The white-handed gibbon, Hylobates lar. See Hylobates.
  • n. plural A group of lepidopterous insects.
  • n. A genus of gymnoblastic or tubularian hydroids, type of the family Hydrolaridæ.
  • n. Lord: a title prefixed to Etruscan names, properly distinctive of the eldest son, and often mistaken for an integral part of the name. Also Lars.


Latin Lār, probably of Etruscan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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