Ja·​nus ˈjā-nəs How to pronounce Janus (audio)
: a Roman god that is identified with doors, gates, and all beginnings and that is depicted with two opposite faces

Examples of Janus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2013, Munson testified under oath at an administrative hearing that his foundation purchased food from Janus, according to federal prosecutors. Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2023 Sideshow and Janus Films, which acquired all North American rights, expect to release the film in theaters after a run of top festivals. Patrick Frater, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023 Sideshow and Janus Films are planning a theatrical release following fall festivals. Patrick Frater, Variety, 28 June 2023 The decision meant government workers could not be forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Mark Janus, the plaintiff and a native of Springfield, Ill., was a state worker who was required to pay fees to a hyper-political, behemoth government union, the ... Mailee Smith, National Review, 27 June 2023 The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that process was sufficient to comply with the Janus decision, after changes were made by independent former Gov. Bill Walker’s administration to prohibit the mandatory collection of union fees from non-members. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2023 Two of Saturn’s moons, Janus and Epimethus, orbit the ringed planet together in a horseshoe, periodically swapping places. Briley Lewis, Popular Science, 3 May 2023 The surrounding quarter, anchored by the shaggy marble facades of the Arch of Janus, is ideal for contemplative strolling. David Laskin Martin Pauer, New York Times, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1508, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Janus was in 1508

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“Janus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Janus. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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