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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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 Based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, the musical tells the story of a lovable street urchin who, with the help of a genie, learns that love is not contingent on class. Brandon T. Harden,, "Review: 'Aladdin' at the Academy of Music overcomes technical difficulties to earn its place as one of the hottest tickets of the summer," 18 June 2018 The lamp post seemed to suck it out of me, like a genie returning to its bottle. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018 Upon meeting the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic lamp that reveals a wish-granting genie, who helps him win the heart of the princess. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 If a genie suddenly appeared and granted three wishes to Jay Powell, the Fed’s new chairman, Mr. Powell would probably ask to know the Nairu, the neutral interest rate and the shape of the Phillips curve. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "Is the Phillips Curve Dead? And Other Questions for the Fed," 3 May 2018 Disney’s Aladdin / July 5-August 5 Ride your magic carpet (or just take the T) to the Boston Opera House to see the Disney classic about a princess, a commoner, and a genie lamp., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 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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to express warning or disapproval

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