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jinni

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noun jin·ni \ˈjē-nē, ˈji-, jə-ˈnē\

Definition of jinni

plural jinn or jinns also djinn or djinns

  1. 1 :  one of a class of spirits that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural power

  2. 2 :  genie 2



Did You Know?

Is that jinni or jinn? Djinni or djinn? Adopted from an Arabic word for demon (usually represented in our alphabet as jinnī), this word is spelled a variety of ways in English-including genie, a spelling that comes from the same Arabic word but by way of French. All of those variant spellings are used to describe a supernatural spirit from Arabic mythology that is made of fire or air and can assume human or animal form. Mythology holds that jinn (that's the plural of jinni) love to punish humans for any harm done to them and that they are the cause of many accidents and diseases.

Variants of jinni

or jinn play \ˈjin\ also djinni play \ˈjē-nē, ˈji-, jə-ˈnē\ or djinn play \ˈjin\

Origin of jinni

Arabic jinnī demon


First Known Use: 1684

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