magic etymology

English word magic comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) μάγος, and later Latin magicus (Magic, magical.)

Detailed word origin of magic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
μάγος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μαγικός Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
magicus Latin (lat) Magic, magical.
magique Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
magyk Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Magic (supernatural).
magic English (eng) A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers. [from 19th c.]. A specific kind of special power or ability.. A specific ritual or procedure associated with such magic; a spell. [from 14th c.]. Something producing remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill. [from 17th c.]. The [...]

Words with the same origin as magic

Descendants of μάγος
magical magically magician