Definition of inferno in English:

inferno

Syllabification: in·fer·no
Pronunciation: /inˈfərnō
 
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noun (plural infernos)

1A large fire that is dangerously out of control.
More example sentences
  • Crews fought the flames for 15 minutes before getting the inferno under control but had to remain at the scene for 90 minutes.
  • We certainly didn't want to turn a fire into an inferno, but we were sitting in a burning jet.
  • A police helicopter also circled the site, sending images of the inferno down to fire crews to help them tackle the blaze.
2 (usually Inferno) Hell (with reference to Dante’s Divine Comedy).
More example sentences
  • As we have already seen, Dante's guide through Inferno or Hell, was the Roman poet and pagan, Virgil.
  • Dante put him in the 9th Circle of Hell in The Inferno because he was the first one to put his own face on the money he produced.
  • This guy appeared among the enchanters in the eighth circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno, so he must have been almighty.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian, from Christian Latin infernus (see infernal).

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