a proud, rebellious archangel, identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.
the planet Venus when appearing as the morning star.
(lowercase) friction match.

Origin of Lucifer

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin: morning star, literally, light-bringing, equivalent to lūci- (stem of lūx) light + -fer -fer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lucifer

beast, devil, archangel, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, diablo

Examples from the Web for lucifer

Contemporary Examples of lucifer

Historical Examples of lucifer

  • I went away for five months once, before Lucifer was more than a year old.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • I should as soon have expected you to have given us Lucifer!

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • His wife was as proud as Lucifer—the daughter of some green-grocer, of course.

  • Arnold was of course with Michael heart and soul, and was only interested in our Lucifer.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • These were Lucifer and his potentates, who had contrived to subdue the tempest.

British Dictionary definitions for lucifer



a friction match: originally a trade name for a match manufactured in England in the 19th century



the leader of the rebellion of the angels: usually identified with Satan
the planet Venus when it rises as the morning star

Word Origin for Lucifer

Old English, from Latin Lūcifer, light-bearer, from lūx light + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for lucifer


Old English Lucifer "Satan," also "morning star," from Latin Lucifer "morning star," literally "light-bringing," from lux (genitive lucis) "light" (see light (n.)) + ferre "carry" (see infer).

Belief that it was the proper name of Satan began with its use in Bible to translate Greek Phosphoros, which translates Hebrew Helel ben Shahar in Isaiah xiv:12 -- "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" [KJV] Because of the mention of a fall from Heaven, the verse was interpreted by Christians as a reference to Satan, even though it is literally a reference to the King of Babylon (cf. Isaiah xiv:4).

Lucifer match "friction match" is from 1831. Adjectival forms include Luciferian, Luciferine, Luciferous. There was a noted Bishop Lucifer of Cagliari in Sardinia in the 4th century, regarded locally as a saint.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lucifer in Culture


Another name for Satan.


A name, traditional in Christianity, for the leader of the devils, an angel who was cast from heaven into hell because he rebelled against God. Lucifer is usually identified with Satan. The name Lucifer, which means “bearer of light” or “morning star,” refers to his former splendor as the greatest of the angels.

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