ma·​gus | \ˈmā-gəs \
plural magi\ ˈmā-​ˌjī , ˈma-​ \

Definition of magus 

1a : a member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians

b often capitalized : one of the traditionally three wise men from the East paying homage to the infant Jesus

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Examples of magus in a Sentence

attributed the storms to a clash of wills between the two most powerful magi in the land

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Neither does the Bible mention how many magi arrived. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Of kings, magi and wise men," 8 Jan. 2018 Also, Melinda [Gebbie, Moore's partner] will also be contributing a pop-up temple for today's modern magus on the move, a little portable shrine. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Legendary Comics Writer Alan Moore on Superheroes, The League, and Making Magic," 23 Feb. 2009

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First Known Use of magus

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magus

Latin, from Greek magos — more at magic

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