Definition of


  1. (noun, group) (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Magi

wise men

Origin of the word Magi

  1. c.1200, from L. magi, pl. of magus, from Gk. magos, word used for the Persian learned and priestly class as portrayed in the Bible (said by ancient historians to have been originally the name of a Median tribe), from O.Pers. magush "magician" (see magic). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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