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 jin·ni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/, jin, djin, djinn, djin·ni.

Origin of jinn

1675–85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confusedgin jinn



noun, plural djins, (especially collectively) djin. Islam.

Also djinn, djin·ni [jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/.
Can be confuseddjin djinn gin jin
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Related Words for djinni

wizard, demon, spirit, jinni

Examples from the Web for djinni

Historical Examples of djinni

  • The djinni made a small hissing noise that had something in it of contentment.

  • The gorgeous mushroom cloud of the atomic explosion looked alive and threatening like those Djinni once banned by Solomon.

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  • Maybe the djinni developed side by side with man, but was limited because of his flaws.

British Dictionary definitions for djinni



noun plural djinn (dʒɪn)

variant spellings of jinni



(often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni
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Word Origin and History for djinni



1680s, djen, from Arabic jinn, collective plural, "demons, spirits, angels." The proper singular is jinni. Cf. genie.

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