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Origin of mage

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin magus. See Magus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for mage

warlock, enchanter, wizard, witch, shaman, sorcerer, juggler, sear, mage

Examples from the Web for mage

Historical Examples of mage

  • One of them is like unto a tower, one to a woman, and one to a mage.


    Anatole France

  • But the mage was even with him, or rather he was 'odds and evens.'


    Andrew Lang

  • Next day Leonora, the Boshman, and I returned to the home of the mage.


    Andrew Lang

  • The Mage pronounced these words in a tone of the most solemn earnestness.

  • There is a strange inconsistency in what Mr. Tal- mage says.

British Dictionary definitions for mage


  1. an archaic word for magician

Word Origin for mage

C14: from magus
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 mage

"magician," c.1400, anglicized form of Latin magus "magician" (see magi). An "archaic" word by late 19c. (OED), revived by fantasy games.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper