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.


Nearby words

  1. jinju,
  2. jink,
  3. jinker,
  4. jinks,
  5. jinmen,
  6. jinnah,
  7. jinne,
  8. jinni,
  9. jinrikisha,
  10. jinx

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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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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