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[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, plural jinns (especially collectively) jinn. Islamic Mythology.
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, jinni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/ (Show IPA), jin, djin, djinn, djinni.
Origin of jinn
1675-85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confused
gin, jinn.


[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, plural djins (especially collectively) djin. Islam.
Also, djinn, djinni
[jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/ (Show IPA)
Can be confused
djin, djinn, gin, jin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For bait, he must have used alcohol, too, since it was the Achilles heel of the djinn.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • "Arguing with Fra Tomasso is like trying wrestle a djinn," Daoud said.

  • If one lose one's way in Morocco, civilization vanishes as though it were a magic carpet rolled up by a djinn.

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

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • If ever any Turk was fully convinced that a djinn had him, it must have been the sentry that Ken jumped on.

    On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles Thomas Charles Bridges
  • The djinn had been at once a triumph and a sad mistake of nature.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • He tried frantically to kill de Gobignon and was no more able to do it than if the man were a djinn.

  • Anyway, there sure as hell weren't any djinn on Earth today.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • Then there were djinn, a row of them standing side by side with feet firmly planted to make a barrier.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • He is the slave of the djinn whom he has called from the unclean deeps.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
British Dictionary definitions for djinn


(often functioning as sing) the plural of jinni
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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