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 Three Thousand Years of Longing follows an academic (Swinton), content with life, who encounters a genie (Elba) offering her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 In an attempt to stuff the inflation genie back in the bottle, the Federal Reserve lifted rates half of a percentage point on Wednesday, the largest hike since 2000. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 5 May 2022 While streaming may not be the shiniest object on the stock market anymore, there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Three Thousand Years of Longing stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton about a genie of sorts who offers three wishes, with varying consequences in return. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 14 Apr. 2022 Iago is downright meddlesome, aiding Jafar in his machinations to steal the genie's lamp. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 13 Apr. 2022 While Cassady may have been a genius—or just a genie—of American experience, Kerouac was a genius of words. James Parker, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2022 The Russian invasion of Ukraine now threatens to put an abrupt end to the period of ample global liquidity by, as mentioned above, forcing the Fed and the ECB to slam on the monetary-policy brakes to put the inflation genie back into the bottle. Desmond Lachman, National Review, 8 Mar. 2022 This is a genie which can't be put back in the bottle. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Genie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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