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noun, plural jinns, (especially collectively) jinn. Islamic Mythology.
  1. any of a class of spirits, lower than the angels, capable of appearing in human and animal forms and influencing humankind for either good or evil.
Also jin·ni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/, jin, djin, djinn, djin·ni.

Origin of jinn

1675–85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confusedgin jinn


noun, plural djins, (especially collectively) djin. Islam.
  1. jinn.
Also djinn, djin·ni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/.
Can be confuseddjin djinn gin jin
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Historical Examples

  • So the Djinn set to work and got the city ready in a night, sculpture and all.

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    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • "Arguing with Fra Tomasso is like trying wrestle a djinn," Daoud said.

  • The djinn was in for a lifer, and was immortal; so thought Challis to himself.

  • The djinn had been at once a triumph and a sad mistake of nature.

  • For bait, he must have used alcohol, too, since it was the Achilles heel of the djinn.

British Dictionary definitions for djinn


  1. (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni
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Word Origin and History for djinn



1680s, djen, from Arabic jinn, collective plural, "demons, spirits, angels." The proper singular is jinni. Cf. genie.

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