ma·​gi·​cian mə-ˈji-shən How to pronounce magician (audio)
: one skilled in magic
especially : sorcerer
: one who performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand

Example Sentences

The magician pulled a rabbit out of a hat. She is a magician on the basketball court.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of magician was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Magician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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ma·​gi·​cian mə-ˈjish-ən How to pronounce magician (audio)
: a person skilled in magic
especially : sorcerer
: a performer of tricks of illusion

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