ge·​nie | \ ˈjē-nē \
plural genies also genii\ ˈjē-​nē(-​ˌī) \

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.

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Sometimes, critics homed in on the films’ sense of humor, like how Aladdin was built around Robin Williams’s genie, who provided an endless string of pop culture references that few kids would understand but their parents would enjoy. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 BabyFacial is a magic skin genie in a little pink bottle. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How to Cure Tired Mom Skin—Yes, It’s a Thing," 20 July 2018 Eventually, her body twists to resemble a genie escaping a lantern. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "What Is Going On With Balenciaga’s Possessed Instagram Clip?," 15 Nov. 2018 Oh, that monster is killing people, so… MM: The genie in the box, unfortunately. Eric Johnson, Recode, "General Magic tried to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. This is why it failed.," 30 July 2018 To become a prince, to be rescued from drowning, and to free the genie; 11. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "The Ultimate Disney Trivia Quiz," 16 July 2018 Every society has to confront the ungovernable genie of sexuality and tries various ways to deal with it, and none of them work very well. Stephanie Petit,, "Carrie Director Brian De Palma Is Writing a Horror Film Based on Harvey Weinstein Scandal," 4 June 2018 Not long after Amazon unveiled the Echo speaker and its genie Alexa a few years ago, stories of children doing both adorable and horrifying things emerged. Wilson Rothman, WSJ, "Amazon Childproofs Echo Speakers, Adds Age-Appropriate Audio Content," 25 Apr. 2018 And, as Mr Bandurski puts it, the genie of hype and triumphalism may not in the end be so easy to coax back into the lamp. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of genie

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

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