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[loo-suh-fer] /ˈlu sə fər/
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
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  • They also, had seen "Lucifer" on the coast, but could do nothing with him.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
  • I went away for five months once, before Lucifer was more than a year old.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Lucifer has stood up at the council board to second the scheme of Beelzebub.

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

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Lucifer asks the advice of his peers as to whom he should appoint his viceroy in Britain.

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

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
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
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
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Lucifer in Culture

Lucifer definition

Another name for Satan.

Lucifer definition

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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Lucifer in the Bible

brilliant star, a title given to the king of Babylon (Isa. 14:12) to denote his glory.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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