genie

[jee-nee]
noun
1.
Islamic Mythology, jinn.
2.
a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
3.
any spirit; demon.

Origin:
1645–55; < French génie < Latin genius; see genius

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genie (ˈdʒiːnɪ)
 
n
1.  (in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person's wishes
2.  another word for jinni
 
[C18: from French génie, from Arabic jinni demon, influenced by Latin genius attendant spirit; see genius]

Genie (ˈdʒiːnɪ)
 
n
(Canadian) an award given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of Canadian cinematic achievements

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genie
1655, "tutelary spirit," from Fr. genie, from L. genius (see genius); used in Fr. translation of "Arabian Nights" to render Arabic jinni, pl. of jinn "spirit," which it accidentally resembled, and attested in Eng. with this sense from 1748.
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Example sentences
Once you have infected adults in the air, the genie is out of the bottle.
He's worried about stuffing the punishment genie back in the bottle.
The pattern resembles squarish line drawings of fish or stylized genie lamps.
The technology genie is now out of the bottle and it is changing the way the
  next generation is interacting and shaping our world.
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