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genie

[jee-nee]
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noun
  1. Islamic Mythology. jinn.
  2. a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
  3. any spirit; demon.

Origin of genie

1645–55; < French génie < Latin genius; see genius
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  • The genie told him his command should be immediately obeyed, and disappeared.

  • "None at present," answered Aladdin, and then the genie disappeared.

  • He took the lamp, which he carried about him, rubbed it, and presently the genie appeared.

  • The genie bowed his head in token of obedience, and disappeared.

  • A uniformed Jap appeared immediately as though summoned by a genie.

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    Edna Ferber


British Dictionary definitions for genie

genie

noun
  1. (in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person's wishes
  2. another word for jinni

Word Origin

C18: from French génie, from Arabic jinni demon, influenced by Latin genius attendant spirit; see genius

Genie

noun
  1. Canadian an award given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of Canadian cinematic achievements
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Word Origin and History for genie

n.

1650s, "tutelary spirit," from French génie, from Latin genius (see genius); used in French translation of "Arabian Nights" to render Arabic jinni, singular of jinn, which it accidentally resembled, and attested in English with this sense from 1748.

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