It may be used by a male witch in preference over the term witch or warlock or it may be used as a general term for any magic-user who does not self-identify as a witch, though some reserve this term for those who practice the dark arts.
A woman may choose to identify by the feminine variant sorceress.
Origins of This Term
The word sorcerer comes from the Latin sors meaning “lot” or “fate, fortune”, possibly referring to the answer given by an oracle.
The literal translation of the word sorcerer is something like “one who influences fate” or perhaps “teller of fortunes by lot” (drawing lots).