genie

[ jee-nee ]
/ ˈdʒi ni /

noun

Islamic Mythology. jinn.
a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
any spirit; demon.

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Origin of genie

1645–55; <French génie<Latin genius;see genius
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British Dictionary definitions for genie (1 of 2)

genie
/ (ˈdʒiːnɪ) /

noun

(in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person's wishes
another word for jinni

Word Origin for genie

C18: from French génie, from Arabic jinni demon, influenced by Latin genius attendant spirit; see genius

British Dictionary definitions for genie (2 of 2)

Genie
/ (ˈdʒiːnɪ) /

noun

Canadian an award given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of Canadian cinematic achievements
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