noun, plural jinns, (especially collectively) jinn. Islamic Mythology.
  1. 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
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Contemporary Examples of jinn

Historical Examples of jinn

  • Imm Hanfa doubted whether the jinn who are Muslims will be rewarded.

  • If you go on drawing every day I am sure you will learn how to make that Jinn obedient.

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant

  • He cursed the name of Hiram, and defied him to appear to him as god or jinn or ghost.

    A King of Tyre

    James M. Ludlow

  • The Jinn are not gods but fairies, and we have heard of fairy funerals.

  • Genius and Jinn, like Fairy and Peri, is a curious coincidence.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

British Dictionary definitions for jinn


  1. (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni
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Word Origin and History for jinn

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

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