Janus

noun
Ja·​nus | \ ˈjā-nəs How to pronounce Janus (audio) \

Definition of Janus

: a Roman god that is identified with doors, gates, and all beginnings and that is depicted with two opposite faces

First Known Use of Janus

1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Janus

Latin

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“Janus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Janus. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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