(singular); jinn, jinns (plural) (JIH-nee, jin, jins) [Arabic: demon] In Islamic mythology, a supernatural spirit able to assume animal or human form, said to be responsible for many of the ills that befall humans. With the appropriate magic, a jinni can be exploited by people. Transliterated as genie. Also written as djinni, djinn, djin, jin.

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  • jinn — (n.) 1680s, djen, from Arabic jinn, collective plural, demons, spirits, angels. The proper singular is jinni. Cf. GENIE (Cf. genie) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jinn — [dʒın] n a ↑genie …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jinn — [ dʒın ] noun count an evil spirit that can look like a human or an animal and that uses its special powers to influence people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jinn — [jin] n. pl. of JINNI: popularly regarded as a singular, with the pl. jinns …   English World dictionary

  • Jinn — For other uses, see Jinn (disambiguation). Genie , Jinnī , and Djinn redirect here. For other uses, see Genie (disambiguation), Jinnī (disambiguation), and Djinn (disambiguation). The Majlis al Jinn cave in Oman, literally Meeting place of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Jinn —    In the pre Islamic Arabian mythology the jinn were living beings of superhuman kind. They were not pure spirits but were corporeal beings, more like beasts than men, usually represented as hairy or having some animal shape. Their bodies were… …   Who’s Who in non-classical mythology

  • Jinn — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Djinn (homonymie). Génie ailé donnant une bénédiction …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jinn — Jin Jin, Jinn Jinn, n. See {Jinnee}. Solomon is said to have had power over the jin. Balfour (Cyc. of India). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jinn — Jinnee Jin nee, Jinni Jin ni(j[i^]n n[=e]), n.; pl. {Jinn} (j[i^]n). [Ar.] (Arabian & Mohammedan Myth.) A genius or demon; one of the fabled genii, good and evil spirits, supposed to be the children of fire, and to have the power of assuming… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jinn — UK [dʒɪn] / US noun [countable] Word forms jinn : singular jinn plural jinns an evil spirit that can look like a human or an animal and that uses its special powers to influence people …   English dictionary

  • jinn — /jin/, n., pl. jinns, (esp. collectively) jinn. Islamic Myth. 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, jinni /ji nee , jin ee/, djin …   Universalium

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