- 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 djinn, djin·ni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/.
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Examples from the Web for djinn
So the Djinn set to work and got the city ready in a night, sculpture and all.Home Life in Germany
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
"Arguing with Fra Tomasso is like trying wrestle a djinn," Daoud said.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The djinn was in for a lifer, and was immortal; so thought Challis to himself.It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
The djinn had been at once a triumph and a sad mistake of nature.
Anyway, there sure as hell weren't any djinn on Earth today.
- (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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