What is the difference between wizard and magician?

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Magician is a synonym of wizard.

Wizard is a synonym of magician.

As nouns the difference between wizard and magician

is that wizard is one who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices while magician is a person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic.

As a adjective wizard

is (slang|dated|british) fine, superb (originally raf slang).

As a verb wizard

is to practice wizardry.




(en noun)
  • One who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
  • * Dryden
  • The wily wizard must be caught.
  • One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
  • He was a financial wizard , capable of predicting the movements of the stock markets.
  • (computing) A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user.
  • Use the "Add Network Connection" wizard to connect to a network in a series of simple steps.
  • (Internet) One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
  • * 1997 , Philip Agre, Douglas Schuler, Reinventing technology, rediscovering community (page 153)
  • Wizards , in general, have a very different experience of mudding than other players. Because of their palpable and extensive extra powers over other players, and because of their special role in MUD society, they are frequently treated differently
  • * 1997 , Sara Kiesler, Culture of the Internet (page 132)
  • It is certainly easy to believe the stories I hear of MUD wizards who demand deference and severely punish those who transgress
  • (obsolete) A wise man; a sage.
  • * Milton
  • See how from far upon the eastern road / The star-led wizards [Magi] haste with odours sweet!
  • (slang) an older male virgin, particularly one over 30 years of age
  • Synonyms

    * (in magic) conjurer, mage, magician, magic user, mystic, sorcerer, warlock, witch * (one very skilled or talented) genius, expert, prodigy; see also * (in computing) assistant

    Coordinate terms

    * wizardess

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    See also

    * illusionist * necromancer


  • (slang, dated, British) Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
  • * 1942 , Quentin James Reynolds, Only the Stars are Neutral
  • "We had a wizard show," the young leader of an Australian squadron said, trying to keep the excitement out of his voice.
  • * 1943 , Howard Macy Coffin, Walter Leslie River, Malta Story
  • But he was a wizard flyer, that boy.


    (en verb)
  • To practice wizardry.
  • To conjure.
  • magician

    Alternative forms

    * magitian (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • A person who plays with or practices allegedly supernatural magic.
  • A spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts (often derogatory).
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=The truth is that [Isaac] Newton was very much a product of his time. The colossus of science was not the first king of reason, Keynes wrote after reading Newton’s unpublished manuscripts. Instead “he was the last of the magicians ”.}}
  • A performer of tricks or an escapologist.
  • An amazingly talented craftsman or scientist.
  • A person who astounds, is an enigma.
  • Synonyms

    * (practitioner of allegedly supernatural magic) sorcerer, thaumaturge, wizard, warlock, witch, magic user * (spiritualist or practitioner of mystic arts) spiritualist, mystic, witch doctor * (performer of tricks) wizard, trickster, stage magician * (talented craftsman or scientist) whizz, whiz, wiz, wizard * phenomenon * See also