Definition of Lucifer in English:

Lucifer

noun

  • 1

    another name for Satan
  • 2literary The planet Venus when it rises in the morning.

  • 3luciferarchaic A match struck by rubbing it on a rough surface.

    • ‘A quantity of lucifers were in his cart ignited and Jones with his horses were burnt to death.’
    • ‘Leaning sideways and striking a lucifer against the toenails on the elephant foot umbrella stand, Dimpler thoughtfully lit his last Cuban.’

Origin

Old English, from Latin, ‘light-bringing, morning star’, from lux, luc- ‘light’ + -fer ‘bearing’. Lucifer (sense 1) is by association with the ‘son of the morning’ (Isa. 14:12), believed by Christian interpreters to be a reference to Satan.

Pronunciation

Lucifer

/ˈlo͞osəfər//ˈlusəfər/