ge·​nie | \ ˈjē-nē How to pronounce genie (audio) \
plural genies also genii\ ˈjē-​nē(-​ˌī) How to pronounce genii (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 Many say the genie might already be out of the bottle. Tara John, CNN, "A baseless US conspiracy theory found a foothold in Europe. New research shows how," 30 July 2020 If a genie of criminal justice reform, in a stingy variation on the standard package, offered a single wish for reforming policing in America, ending the doctrine of qualified immunity would be a very strong pick. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "How the Supreme Court could change policing in an instant," 5 June 2020 Their genie of a quarterback was largely contained to his bottle. Childs Walker,, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills," 9 Dec. 2019 Attempts by Lam to get the genie back in the bottle have proven unsuccessful, as the protests have outpaced her. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's summer of discontent is now longer than 2014's Umbrella Movement ... and isn't over yet," 26 Aug. 2019 To become a prince, to be rescued from drowning, and to free the genie; 16. Ariel Nagi, Seventeen, "Only True Fans Can Ace This Ultimate Disney Trivia Quiz," 27 Feb. 2020 His pivot from helming scrappy underworld tales like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch to turning Will Smith into a blue genie in last year’s Aladdin may be one of show business’ more unlikely trajectories. Leah Greenblatt,, "Guy Ritchie gets his gangster ya-yas out again in The Gentlemen: Review," 23 Jan. 2020 The hydrogen bomb really is like the genie which escaped from the bottle. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "‘The Bomb’ Review: Down the Nuclear Rabbit Hole," 31 Jan. 2020 But the genie is way out of the bottle, and culture doesn’t follow Washington’s timeline. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Viral Video App TikTok Is Here to Stay," 7 Jan. 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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The first known use of genie was in 1706

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4 Aug 2020

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“Genie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of genie

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

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