Definition of magus in English:


Syllabification: ma·gus
Pronunciation: /ˈmāgəs

noun (plural magi /ˈmāˌjī/)

  • 1A member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia. See also Magi.
    More example sentences
    • Recognizing his prodigious learning and receptivity to new ideas, the Persian magi took Pythagoras into their confidence and he became a student of their equally ancient mystery school.
    • In his times, Herodotus notes, the magi had became Zoroastrian priests.
  • 1.1A sorcerer.
    More example sentences
    • A creative magus, he conjures the illusion of a surface, and just as quickly makes it disappear.
    • The magi turned our land black with their spells!
    • Casting forth multiple strands of magic, Valaan clenched his fists, and earth erupted from the ground, sending the black cloaked magi flying.


Middle English: via Latin and Greek from Old Persian maguš.

More definitions of magus

Definition of magus in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea