jin·​ni ˈjē-nē How to pronounce jinni (audio) ˈji- How to pronounce jinni (audio)
variants or jinn or less commonly djinni
ˈjē-nē How to pronounce jinni (audio) ˈji- How to pronounce jinni (audio)
or djinn
plural jinn or jinns also djinn or djinns
: one of a class of spirits that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural power

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Is that jinni or jinn? Djinni or djinn? Adopted from an Arabic word for demon (usually represented in our alphabet as jinnī), this word is spelled a variety of ways in English-including genie, a spelling that comes from the same Arabic word but by way of French. All of those variant spellings are used to describe a supernatural spirit from Arabic mythology that is made of fire or air and can assume human or animal form. Mythology holds that jinn (that's the plural of jinni) love to punish humans for any harm done to them and that they are the cause of many accidents and diseases.

Examples of jinni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jinni has kept the woman locked in a glass chest, deep in the sea, but that hasn’t stopped her from sleeping with ninety-eight other men. Yasmine Al-Sayyad, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Traditionally, jinn aren't seen as good or evil, and that moral ambiguity carries over to the series. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 June 2019 Next to me was Said Suleiman Mohammed, herbalist and jinni hunter. Justin Fornal, National Geographic, 29 Jan. 2016 Although they are believed to exist in an endless variety of manifestations, negative and positive, jinn are most commonly thought to invade the homes and bodies of humans to cause distress. Justin Fornal, National Geographic, 29 Jan. 2016

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Word History


Arabic jinnī demon

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jinni was in 1684


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“Jinni.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jinni. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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jin·​ni ˈjē-ˈnē How to pronounce jinni (audio) ˈjin-ē How to pronounce jinni (audio)
variants or jinn
plural jinn or jinns
: genie

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