See also: mágus

English edit

Etymology edit

From Latin magus, from Ancient Greek μάγος (mágos, magician), from Μάγος (Mágos, Magian), of an indeterminate Old Iranian origin (see Μάγος for details). Doublet of mage.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeɪɡəs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪɡəs

Noun edit

magus (plural magi)

  1. A magician; (derogatory) a conjurer or sorcerer, especially one who is a charlatan or trickster.
  2. (Zoroastrianism) A Zoroastrian priest.
    • 1922, Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla, Zoroastrian Civilization[1], page 230:
      Court astrologers, who were drawn from the race of the Magi, were among those that formed the royal court [...]

Usage notes edit

The two meanings overlap in classical usage – both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of “Zoroaster” as the “inventor” of astrology and magic.

Translations edit

Anagrams edit

Estonian edit

Etymology edit

From magu +‎ -s, an archaic word meaning "taste", "flavour".

Adjective edit

magus (genitive magusa, partitive magusat, comparative magusam, superlative kõige magusam)

  1. sweet (taste)

Declension edit

Declension of magus (ÕS type 2/õpik, no gradation)
singular plural
nominative magus magusad
accusative nom.
gen. magusa
genitive magusate
partitive magusat magusaid
illative magusasse magusatesse
inessive magusas magusates
elative magusast magusatest
allative magusale magusatele
adessive magusal magusatel
ablative magusalt magusatelt
translative magusaks magusateks
terminative magusani magusateni
essive magusana magusatena
abessive magusata magusateta
comitative magusaga magusatega

Derived terms edit

Gothic edit

Romanization edit


  1. Romanization of 𐌼𐌰𐌲𐌿𐍃

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From Ancient Greek μάγος (mágos, magician), from Μάγος (Mágos, Magian), of an indeterminate Old Iranian origin (see Μάγος (Mágos) for details).

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

magus (feminine maga, neuter magum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. magic, magical

Declension edit

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative magus maga magum magī magae maga
Genitive magī magae magī magōrum magārum magōrum
Dative magō magō magīs
Accusative magum magam magum magōs magās maga
Ablative magō magā magō magīs
Vocative mage maga magum magī magae maga

Noun edit

magus m (genitive magī); second declension

  1. magus (Zoroastrian priest)
  2. (figuratively) magician, wizard, (derogatory) sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan

Declension edit

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative magus magī
Genitive magī magōrum
Dative magō magīs
Accusative magum magōs
Ablative magō magīs
Vocative mage magī

Coordinate terms edit

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Descendants edit

  • Dutch: magiër
  • English: Magi, mage, magus
  • French: mage
  • Hungarian: mágus
  • Italian: mago
  • Piedmontese: mago
  • Portuguese: mago
  • Romanian: mag
  • Spanish: mago

References edit

  • magus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • magus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • magus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • magus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • magus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • magus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray