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
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Related Words for jinni

wizard, demon, spirit, jinni, djinni

Examples from the Web for jinni

Historical Examples of jinni

  • Who does not sympathise with the Trader who killed the invisible son of the jinni?

  • A round rock was shown us on which the chief magician sits to exorcise the jinni of the lakes, and around him the people dance.

    Southern Arabia

    Theodore Bent

  • In the case of the jinni of Arabia the connection 54 with trees is more clearly demonstrable.

    The Sacred Tree

    J. H. Philpot

  • Mr. Theodore Bent found the same superstitious dread of the jinni both in the Hadramaut and in Dhofar.

    The Sacred Tree

    J. H. Philpot

  • If you take a jinni or a swan-maiden you can go from Cairo to Bokhara in less time than our best expresses could cover a mile.

British Dictionary definitions for jinni


jinnee, djinni or djinny

noun plural jinn or djinn (dʒɪn)

a being or spirit in Muslim belief who could assume human or animal form and influence man by supernatural powers

Word Origin for jinni

C17: from Arabic



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



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

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