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