- (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
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Historical Examples of magian
By the king's command, he also was made acquainted with the Magian learning.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch
So Dareios was persuaded, and he thrust with his danger and happened to hit the Magian.The History Of Herodotus
If it was Smerdis the magian, she would find that he had none.Darius the Great
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.Serapis, Complete
- 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
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.