genie

noun
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.

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The genie is literally the slave of the lamp, his power bracelets actually manacles keeping him obedient to an endless round of masters. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "How ‘Aladdin’ came to be: Thank (or blame) an 18th-century French scholar," 12 June 2019 Forget the Westernized concept of genies found in our popular culture, like Aladdin or I Dream of Jeannie. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn," 23 June 2019 But putting the genie back in the bottle isn't easy. Carolyn Thompson, latimes.com, "Warning: Reading this on a smartphone may cause anxiety, researchers say," 7 June 2019 But putting the genie back in the bottle isn’t easy. Washington Post, "Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’," 7 June 2019 But putting the genie back in the bottle isn't easy. Carolyn Thompson, courant.com, "Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’," 8 June 2019 A dozen plastic tables crammed into the alley, and the aroma of kaya hovered like a genie over the bustling scene. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "A toast to Singapore’s traditional breakfast," 5 Apr. 2019 To us -- is this -- is the genie already out of the bottle? Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 Philip Roth dead? Expelled, this genie of biting comedy? Inconceivable. Cynthia Ozick, WSJ, "Appreciation: Philip Roth," 25 May 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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genie

noun

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

genie

noun
ge·​nie | \ ˈjē-nē How to pronounce genie (audio) \

Kids Definition of genie

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

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