Lucifer

[ loo-suh-fer ]
/ ˈlu sə fər /

noun

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

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Origin of Lucifer

before 1000; Middle English, Old English <Latin: morning star, literally, light-bringing, equivalent to lūci- (stem of lūx) light + -fer-fer
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British Dictionary definitions for Lucifer (1 of 2)

lucifer
/ (ˈluːsɪfə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for Lucifer (2 of 2)

Lucifer
/ (ˈluːsɪfə) /

noun

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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Cultural definitions for Lucifer (1 of 2)

Lucifer

Another name for Satan.

Cultural definitions for Lucifer (2 of 2)

Lucifer

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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