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From Middle English sorcerere, from Old French sorcier, from Early Medieval Latin sortiārius, derived from Latin sortem (fate, fortune), from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (to bind).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɔːsəɹə(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: sôrʹ-sər-ər, IPA(key): /ˈsɔɹ.sɚ.ɚ/
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sorcerer (plural sorcerers, feminine sorceress)

  1. (mythology, folklore, fantasy) A magician or wizard, sometimes specifically male.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 105:
      Pope Joan, who once occupied the throne of the Vatican, was reputed to be the blackest sorcerer of them all.
    • 1971, Richard Carpenter, Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac, Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, page 7:
      "Well, sorcerer?" growled the Norman. "Nay, not well," replied Catweazle shivering miserably, "I have the bone-ache."

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  1. Alternative form of sorcerere