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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But putting the genie back in the bottle isn't easy. Carolyn Thompson,, "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 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. Katie Kilkenny, Billboard, "David Mamet Says He's Writing a Play About Harvey Weinstein," 24 Feb. 2018 Smart speakers are the digital genie filling our homes and fulfilling our every demand, from blasting our shower playlists to reminding us of our to-do lists to translating phrases in French. Popular Mechanics, "This Powerful Smart Speaker Is Also Affordable," 24 Jan. 2019 Sometimes, critics homed in on the films’ sense of humor, like how Aladdin was built around Robin Williams’s genie, who provided an endless string of pop culture references that few kids would understand but their parents would enjoy. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 BabyFacial is a magic skin genie in a little pink bottle. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How to Cure Tired Mom Skin—Yes, It’s a Thing," 20 July 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 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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