or af·rit

[ af-reet, uh-freet ]

nounArabian Mythology.
  1. a powerful evil demon or monster.

Origin of afreet

1795–1805; <dialectal Arabic ʿafrīt<Pahlavi āfrītan creature

Words Nearby afreet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use afreet in a sentence

  • And the Moor's face was white, and his features trembled, as though he had seen an afreet, but my face was as a deep well.

    The Arab's Pledge | Edward L. Mitford
  • Af'rit or afreet, a kind of Medusa or Lamia, the most terrible and cruel of all the orders of the deevs.

  • Look upon him as an afreet to be exorcised with a cross of red-hot iron.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) | Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • It seemed as if it might be a pillar of confinement and punishment for some afreet who had defied Heaven.

    Overland | John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for afreet



/ (ˈæfriːt, əˈfriːt) /

  1. Arabian myth a powerful evil demon or giant monster

Origin of afreet

C19: from Arabic `ifrīt

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