Definition of magus in US English:



  • 1A member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia.

    See also Magi
    • ‘In his times, Herodotus notes, the magi had became Zoroastrian priests.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A sorcerer.
      • ‘The lesser of these are the human wizards and magi that can tap into various types of magic.’
      • ‘Casting forth multiple strands of magic, Valaan clenched his fists, and earth erupted from the ground, sending the black cloaked magi flying.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘If magus deemed the item and the inscriptions acceptable, the enchantment would be activated.’


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