lucifer

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See also: Lucifer and Lúcifer

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a brand name for matches made by Samuel Jones from 1830, soon used generically for self-igniting matches of any brand. From lucifer (bringer of light)

Noun[edit]

lucifer (plural lucifers)

  1. (Britain, archaic) A self-igniting match, ie. one which could be lit by striking on any surface (as opposed to safety matches which only light against the material on the side of the box).
    • 1915, George Asaf, song Pack up your Troubles
      While you’ve a lucifer to light your fag,
      Smile, boys, that’s the style.

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: lucifer

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English lucifer, from Latin lūcifer.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈly.siˌfɛr/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: lu‧ci‧fer

Noun[edit]

lucifer m (plural lucifers, diminutive lucifertje n)

  1. match

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From lūx, lūcis (light) +‎ -i- +‎ -fer (-carrying).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lūcifer (feminine lūcifera, neuter lūciferum); first/second-declension adjective (nominative masculine singular in -er)

  1. light-bringing

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension adjective (nominative masculine singular in -er).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative lūcifer lūcifera lūciferum lūciferī lūciferae lūcifera
Genitive lūciferī lūciferae lūciferī lūciferōrum lūciferārum lūciferōrum
Dative lūciferō lūciferō lūciferīs
Accusative lūciferum lūciferam lūciferum lūciferōs lūciferās lūcifera
Ablative lūciferō lūciferā lūciferō lūciferīs
Vocative lūcifer lūcifera lūciferum lūciferī lūciferae lūcifera

References[edit]

  • lucifer in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lucifer in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lucifer in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • lucifer in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • lucifer in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lucifer in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray