[ jin ]

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.

Origin of jinn

1675–85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
  • Also jin·ni [jin-ee], /ˈdʒɪn i/, jin, djin, djinn, djin·ni .

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How to use jinn in a sentence

  • Will University of Tehran political science students be obliged to game out strategies against a jinn?

  • Morgiana threw back her black hair, and laughed as would an invulnerable jinn.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The words genius and genie are evidently cognate with the Arabian jinn, meaning a spirit.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • When his sister-in-law with an army of jinn pursues the fugitives, the subjects of the rod overcome her.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Didst thou not assure me that I was free to wander where I would, since there was no longer any that had authority over the jinn!

    The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
  • As a sort of inferior and obedient jinn, supplied by Providence and invoked by a gesture to fetch and to carry at need.

British Dictionary definitions for jinn


/ (dʒɪn) /

  1. (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni

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