noun \in-ˈfər-(ˌ)nō\

: a very large and dangerous fire

plural in·fer·nos

Full Definition of INFERNO

:  a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell <the inferno of war>; also :  an intense fire :  conflagration <a raging inferno>

Examples of INFERNO

  1. By the time help arrived, the fire had grown to a raging inferno.
  2. <the intense heat of the raging inferno repeatedly drove back the firefighters>

Origin of INFERNO

Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus
First Known Use: 1834


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