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Magi

[mey-jahy]
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plural noun, singular Ma·gus [mey-guh s] /ˈmeɪ gəs/
  1. (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).
  2. (sometimes lowercase) the class of Zoroastrian priests in ancient Media and Persia, reputed to possess supernatural powers.
  3. (lowercase) astrologers.

Origin of Magi

see origin at Magus
Related formsMa·gi·an [mey-jee-uh n] /ˈmeɪ dʒi ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for magian

Historical Examples

  • By the king's command, he also was made acquainted with the Magian learning.

    The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch

    Plutarch

  • So Dareios was persuaded, and he thrust with his danger and happened to hit the Magian.

  • If it was Smerdis the magian, she would find that he had none.

    Darius the Great

    Jacob Abbott

  • And alone, in the distance, the lonely man beheld his Magian brother.

    Zanoni

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • Posidonius, the Magian, had been to see him, and had completely reassured him.


British Dictionary definitions for magian

magi

pl n singular magus (ˈmeɪɡəs)
  1. the Zoroastrian priests of the ancient Medes and Persians
  2. 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
Derived Formsmagian (ˈmeɪdʒɪən), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for magian

magi

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magian in Culture

Magi

[(may-jeye)]

The sages who visited Jesus soon after his birth. (See Wise Men.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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