[ mey-jahy ]
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plural noun,singular Ma·gus [mey-guhs] /ˈmeɪ gəs/
  1. (sometimes lowercase) the wise men, generally assumed to be three in number, who paid homage to the infant Jesus. Matthew 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.

  1. (lowercase) astrologers.

Origin of Magi

First recorded in 1175–1225; see origin at Magus

Other words from Magi

  • Ma·gi·an [mey-jee-uhn], /ˈmeɪ dʒi ən/, adjective

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How to use Magi in a sentence

  • If, then, we regard Zoroaster as being the founder of the Magi, we must throw back his epoch considerably further than this date.

  • Marcellinus and Peter, representing the Adoration of the Magi.

    Child-life in Art | Estelle M. Hurll
  • He directed the Magi to consider the subject, and to give him their opinion.

    Xerxes | Jacob Abbott
  • The Jews had the real fire from heaven, and the Magi pretended to have received theirs from the upper regions likewise.

British Dictionary definitions for magi


/ (ˈmeɪdʒaɪ) /

pl nsingular 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 forms of magi

  • magian (ˈmeɪdʒɪən), adjective

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Cultural definitions for Magi


[ (may-jeye) ]

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

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