[ sawr-ser-er ]
/ ˈsɔr sər ər /


a person who practices sorcery; black magician; wizard.

Origin of sorcerer

1520–30; earlier sorcer, Middle English < Middle French sorcier, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *sortiārius one who casts lots, equivalent to Latin sort- (stem of sors) lot, fate + -i- -i- + -ārius -ier2; see -er1

Related forms

un·der·sor·cer·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sorcerer


feminine sorceress (ˈsɔːsərɪs)

/ (ˈsɔːsərə) /


a person who seeks to control and use magic powers; a wizard or magician

Word Origin for sorcerer

C16: from Old French sorcier, from Vulgar Latin sortiārius (unattested) caster of lots, from Latin sors lot
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