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 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 For smaller movies, there might be no turning back once the genie is out of the bottle, and viewers become accustomed -- as many already have -- to watching in the comfort of their living rooms. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Warner Bros. has changed the game on movie windows, but consumers will have the last word," 5 Dec. 2020 The two con artists even conspired to conjure a genie from the lamp, which turned out to be one of the men, to convince the doctor of its authenticity, the BBC reported. Star Tribune, "News of the Weird: A hands-off approach to holding hands," 20 Nov. 2020 Having coaxed the nuclear genie out of the bottle, the United States has spent the last 75 years trying to keep others from acquiring it. Marty Judge Community Voices Contributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The U.S. quest for nuclear control has been a rocky road. Here’s what would make it smoother.," 7 Sep. 2020 To become a prince, to be rescued from drowning, and to free the genie; 21. Ariel Nagi, Seventeen, "This Ultimate Disney Trivia Quiz Will Prove If You're a True Fan," 2 Sep. 2020 The genie was out of the bottle, and betting on sports was on the way to becoming a respectable mainstream activity. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: The new Jordan Rules include sports betting," 2 Sep. 2020 Back in Kiev, our group is tasked by a figure named Halfi with stealing a mysterious aquamarine stone from a genie in exchange for information on the location of the dragon. Brandon Clements, Houston Chronicle, "Even wizards are wearing face masks during a pandemic," 18 Aug. 2020 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

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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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26 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Genie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 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


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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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