Pronunciation: (in-fûr'nō; for 3 also It. ēn-fer'nô),[key] —n., —pl.-nos. 1. hell; the infernal regions.
2. a place or region that resembles hell: The ironworks was an inferno of molten steel and half-naked bodies. 3. (cap., italics) the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting hell and the suffering of the damned. Cf. paradise (def. 7), purgatory (def. 2).