- [alsom-] one of the Magi or magi
- [m-] a sorcerer or astrologer
Origin of MagusMiddle English from L: see Magi
- 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".
From Latin magus, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¬Î³Î¿Ï‚ (magos, “magician"), from ÎœÎ¬Î³Î¿Ï‚ (Magos, “Magian"), of an indeterminate Old Iranian origin (see ÎœÎ¬Î³Î¿Ï‚ for details)