[ mey-jahy ]
/ ˈmeɪ dʒaɪ /

plural noun, singular Ma·gus [mey-guh s] /ˈmeɪ gəs/

(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

see origin at Magus


Ma·gi·an [mey-jee-uh n] /ˈmeɪ dʒi ən/, adjective

Definition for magi (2 of 2)

[ mey-guh s ]
/ ˈmeɪ gəs /

noun, plural Ma·gi [mey-jahy] /ˈmeɪ dʒaɪ/.

(sometimes lowercase) one of the Magi.
(lowercase) a magician, sorcerer, or astrologer.
(sometimes lowercase) a Zoroastrian priest.Compare Magi(def 2).

Origin of Magus

1615–25; < Latin < Greek mágos < Old Persian maguŝ; compare Avestan moγu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magi (1 of 3)

/ (ˈmeɪdʒaɪ) /

pl n singular magus (ˈmeɪɡəs)

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

Derived forms of magi

magian (ˈmeɪdʒɪən), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for magi (2 of 3)

/ (ˈmeɪɡəs) /

noun plural magi (ˈmeɪdʒaɪ)

a Zoroastrian priest
an astrologer, sorcerer, or magician of ancient times

Word Origin for magus

C14: from Latin, from Greek magos, from Old Persian magus magician

British Dictionary definitions for magi (3 of 3)

/ (ˈmeɪɡəs) /


Simon Magus New Testament a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the apostles (Acts 8:9-24)
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Culture definitions for magi

[ (may-jeye) ]

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

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