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Webster 1913 Edition


Lar

Lar

(lär)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Lares
(#)
, sometimes
Lars
(#)
.
[L.]
(Rom. Myth.)
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.
Hence,
(Fig.)
:
Hearth or dwelling house.
Nor will she her dear
Lar
forget,
Victorious by his benefit.
Lovelace.
The
Lars
and Lemures moan with midnight plaint.
Milton.
Looking backward in vain toward their
Lares
and lands.
Longfellow.

Lar

(lär)
,
Noun.
(Zool.)
A species of gibbon (
Hylobates lar
), found in Burmah. Called also
white-handed gibbon
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lar

L'AR

,
Noun.
plu.
lares. [L.] A household deity.

Definition 2022


Lar

Lar

See also: lar, LAR, LAr, lár, làr, -lar, and lár-

Latin

Alternative forms

Proper noun

Lār m (genitive Lartis); third declension

  1. A masculine praenomen.

Declension

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative Lār Lartēs
genitive Lartis Lartum
dative Lartī Lartibus
accusative Lartem Lartēs
ablative Larte Lartibus
vocative Lār Lartēs

References

lar

lar

See also: lär, làr, lár, lår, lár-, -lar, LAr, LAR, and Lar

English

Noun

lar (plural lares or lars)

  1. A household or ancestral god in ancient Rome
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      Would the great emperor’s lar, free of its soldierly body rheumatic from German mists and browned and grizzled by the Indus sun, haunt that pinedark road to Elefsis to taste again the essences on which it fed and gather with voluptuous fingers the ghosts of roses?
  2. The lar gibbon.

Usage notes

The first sense is most often used in English as the capitalized plurale tantum Lares. It is more often pluralized lares as in Latin than lars.

Derived terms

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Albanian

Etymology

From Latin laurus 'laurel'.

Noun

lar m

  1. laurel

Latin

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Etruscan 𐌋𐌀𐌓 (lar), 𐌋𐌀𐌓𐌔 (lars), or 𐌋𐌀𐌓𐌈 (larθ, lord).

Pronunciation

Noun

lār m (genitive laris); third declension

  1. the protective spirit of a place, particularly a household
  2. home, household

Declension

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative lār larēs
genitive laris larum
dative larī laribus
accusative larem larēs
ablative lare laribus
vocative lār larēs

Related terms

Descendants

References

  • Lar in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lar in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lar in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray

Lojban

Rafsi

lar

  1. rafsi of larcu.

Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

lar

  1. present tense of la

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *laizō, from *laizijaną (to teach). Cognate with Old Saxon lēra, Dutch leer, Old High German lēra (German Lehre).

Pronunciation

Noun

lār f (nominative plural lāre)

  1. teaching, learning, education
  2. lesson
  3. teaching, doctrine
  4. advice, counsel

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Descendants


Portuguese

Etymology

From Latin larem (guardian spirit), from Etruscan 𐌋𐌀𐌓 (lar), 𐌋𐌀𐌓𐌔 (lars), or 𐌋𐌀𐌓𐌈 (larth, lord).

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈlaɾ/
  • (São Paulo) IPA(key): /ˈlaɾ/
  • (Caipira) IPA(key): /ˈlaɹ/

Noun

lar m (plural lares)

  1. (affectionate) home (place or building where one dwells)
    Não há lugar como o nosso lar.
    There is no place like home.

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Spanish

Etymology

From Latin lār, lārem.

Noun

lar m (plural lares)

  1. (archaic) home

Synonyms

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