Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of Magus.
- n. Christian Bible The wise men that met the baby Jesus at the Epiphany (traditionally considered to be three in number).
- n. astronomy The three bright stars that form Orion's Belt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East.
- n. (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
“The novel, set against a present-day backdrop in which a group of secret magi have been fighting a hidden war against the Faerie Courts for hundred of years, starts with the discovery of a Merlin here a title representing a supremely powerful magician who can change the course of the ongoing war -- Arthur's Ambrose was merely one of the line, and the attempts by the Magi and two Faerie Courts to woo her.”
“File: Adoration of magi. jpg | Adoration of the Magi.”
“The date of this meeting had been carefully calculated by the astrologers within the Order, who were known as the Magi in honor of the three priest-kings who foresaw the birth of Jesus.”
“The Gift of the Magi is one of my old time favorites!”
“Their priests too, whom they call Magi, are here with them.”
“The worship of all these gods and many others was carried out by the ancient priestly caste known as the Magi.”
“The Persian priests known as Magi who were resident in Ephesus reportedly ran madly about the ruins of the temple beating their faces and declaring that one who would bring calamity on Asia had been born that day.”
“In that opera, three ostentatiously decked out Magi aka Wise Men, seeking overnight housing, visit the lame boy Amahl and his mother at their humble home near Bethlehem.”
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