- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
In the case of the jinni of Arabia the connection 54 with trees is more clearly demonstrable.
Mr. Theodore Bent found the same superstitious dread of the jinni both in the Hadramaut and in Dhofar.
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.
jinnee, djinni or djinny
- a being or spirit in Muslim belief who could assume human or animal form and influence man by supernatural powers
C17: from Arabic
- (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni
Word Origin and History for jinni
1680s, djen, from Arabic jinn, collective plural, "demons, spirits, angels." The proper singular is jinni. Cf. genie.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper