1another name for Satan
2literary The planet Venus when it rises in the morning.
3archaic 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.’
Old English, from Latin, light-bringing, morning star from lux, luc- light + -fer bearing.