- A member of the Zoroastrian priestly caste of the Medes and Persians.
- Magus In the New Testament, one of the wise men from the East, traditionally held to be three, who traveled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.
- A sorcerer; a magician.
Origin of magusFrom Middle English magi, magi, from Latin magī, pl. of magus, sorcerer, magus, from Greek magos, from Old Persian maguš; see magh- in Indo-European roots.
- (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
- (special usage) a Zoroastrian priest
- Note: the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".
Variant of Magi
plural nounsing. Magus
- members of a priestly caste of ancient Media and Persia
- the wise men from the East (in later tradition, three in number) who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus: Matt. 2:1-13
Origin of MagiClassical Latin plural of magus ; from Classical Greek magos ; from Old Persian magus (or Iranian magu-), member of a priestly caste, magician ; from Indo-European base an unverified form magh-, to be able from source might, Classical Latin machina