- (sometimes lowercase) the wise men, generally assumed to be three in number, who paid homage to the infant Jesus. Matt. 2:1–12.Compare Balthazar(def 1), Caspar(def 1), Melchior(def 1).
- (sometimes lowercase) the class of Zoroastrian priests in ancient Media and Persia, reputed to possess supernatural powers.
- (lowercase) astrologers.
Origin of Magi
Origin of Magus
Examples from the Web for magi
The long journey of the Magi—the Wise Men—in pursuit of a single star.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God
December 25, 2013
This book looks at the origins of St. Nicholas, the Magi, and so on.Surprising Christmas History From the Date to Origins of St. Nicholas
December 23, 2011
On the right was the Virgin Mary, and on the left one of the eastern Magi.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
The Magi, from the time of Zoroaster, have deemed it the symbol of purity.
But in public secular affairs they seem to be recognised as Magi.
When the magi became organized in Media, they spread in every direction.
All of the Magi were not thus learned, only those of the higher order.
- the Zoroastrian priests of the ancient Medes and Persians
- the three magi the wise men from the East who came to do homage to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:1–12) and traditionally called Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar
- a Zoroastrian priest
- an astrologer, sorcerer, or magician of ancient times
- Simon Magus New Testament a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the apostles (Acts 8:9-24)
Word Origin and History for magi
c.1200, "skilled magicians, astrologers," from Latin magi, plural of magus "magician, learned magician," from Greek magos, a word used for the Persian learned and priestly class as portrayed in the Bible (said by ancient historians to have been originally the name of a Median tribe), from Old Persian magush "magician" (see magic). Related: Magian.
member of the ancient Persian priestly caste, late 14c., singular of magi (q.v.).