What does ignis fatuus mean?

Definitions for ignis fatuusˈɪg nɪs ˈfætʃ u əs; ˈɪg niz ˈfætʃ uˌaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ignis fatuus.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp(noun)

    a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

  2. will-o'-the-wisp, ignis fatuus(noun)

    an illusion that misleads


  1. ignis fatuus(Noun)

    A will o' the wisp.

  2. ignis fatuus(Noun)

    A delusion, a false hope.

  3. Origin: Modern Latin, from ignis (meaning "fire") + fatuus (meaning "foolish"). Literally "foolish fire".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignis fatuus

    a phosphorescent light that appears, in the night, over marshy ground, supposed to be occasioned by the decomposition of animal or vegetable substances, or by some inflammable gas; -- popularly called also Will-with-the-wisp, or Will-o'-the-wisp, and Jack-with-a-lantern, or Jack-o'-lantern

  2. Ignis fatuus

    fig.: A misleading influence; a decoy

  3. Origin: [L. ignis fire + fatuus foolish. So called in allusion to its tendency to mislead travelers.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignis fatuus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignis fatuus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emily Dickinson:

    The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.

Images & Illustrations of ignis fatuus

  1. ignis fatuusignis fatuusignis fatuus

Translations for ignis fatuus

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for ignis fatuus »


Find a translation for the ignis fatuus definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these ignis fatuus definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"ignis fatuus." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 18 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ignis fatuus>.

Are we missing a good definition for ignis fatuus? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for ignis fatuus:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.