ge·​nie | \ ˈjē-nē How to pronounce genie (audio) \
plural genies also genii\ ˈjē-​nē(-​ˌī) How to pronounce genie (audio) \

Definition of genie

2 : a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it

Examples of genie in a Sentence

He rubbed the magic lamp to summon the genie.
Recent Examples on the Web But the lesson of the genie is that there will always be unanticipated hacks. Bruce Schneier, Wired, "Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity," 19 Apr. 2021 However, Caroline's boyfriend, Asher Angel, popped up like a genie and shut that down STAT. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Noah Schnapp Low-Key Hit on Asher Angel's Girlfriend and It Did Not Go Well," 19 Mar. 2021 The platonic example of a horticultural genie that has escaped its bottle is the eucalyptus, introduced to California in the 1850s by Australian gold rushers who figured the then-scrubby landscape could use more trees for firewood. Kelsey Keith, ELLE Decor, "Yes, Anyone Can Make Their Backyard More Eco-Friendly," 31 Mar. 2021 The first woman to become the Man among Hollywood superagents was a genie who could summon up a breathtaking cascade of stars: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Angie Dickinson, Lorne Michaels, Tim Robbins, Tina Fey, Tom Ford. The Editors, Town & Country, "Remember Fun? Here's a Short History of the Best Parties in Recent-ish Memory," 22 Mar. 2021 Aladdin accidentally uncovers a magic lamp containing a genie that wants to take over the world. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Inflation is the genie that cannot be stuffed back in the bottle. James Berman, Forbes, "Rising Yields Sink “Safe” Bonds," 5 Mar. 2021 There is no button to press, no magic spell to cast, no genie’s lamp to rub. Jack Butler, National Review, "Wait Just One American Moment," 2 Mar. 2021 The company had built up the video game equivalent of a genie in a bottle. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of genie

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genie

French génie, from Arabic jinnī

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1 May 2021

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“Genie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of genie

in stories : a magic spirit that looks like a person, often lives in a lamp or bottle, and serves the person who calls it


ge·​nie | \ ˈjē-nē How to pronounce genie (audio) \

Kids Definition of genie

: a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it

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