A caste of priests, philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East.
Plural of Magus. A member of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians. In the Holy Bible, the Magi, also known as the Wise Men, visited the infant Jesus, giving gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
(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