Definition of Lucifer in English:


Syllabification: Lu·ci·fer
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞osəfər


  • 1 another name for Satan.
    [by association with the 'son of the morning' (Isa. 14:12), believed by Christian interpreters to be a reference to Satan]
  • 2 literary The planet Venus when it rises in the morning.
  • 3 (lucifer) • archaic A match struck by rubbing it on a rough surface.
    More example sentences
    • Leaning sideways and striking a lucifer against the toenails on the elephant foot umbrella stand, Dimpler thoughtfully lit his last Cuban.
    • A quantity of lucifers were in his cart ignited and Jones with his horses were burnt to death.


Old English, from Latin, 'light-bringing, morning star', from lux, luc- 'light' + -fer 'bearing'.

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