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[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, plural djins (especially collectively) djin. Islam.
Also, djinn, djinni
[jin-ee] /ˈdʒɪn i/ (Show IPA)
Can be confused
djin, djinn, gin, jin.


or jinni, djin, djinn, djinni, jin

[jin] /dʒɪn/
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.
Origin of jinn
1675-85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confused
gin, jinn. Unabridged
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  • Blank verse is like the djin in the Arabian Nights; it is either the most terrible of masters, or the most powerful of slaves.

    Books and Characters Lytton Strachey
  • My djin had fastened up his little cart under a tree, and together we clambered the steep path on the slippery red soil.

    Madame Chrysantheme Pierre Loti
  • The djin, however, was not thus to be propitiated, and the gold of the Pharaohs was never found.

    The Treasury of Ancient Egypt Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
  • My djin had fastened his little cart under a tree, and together we climbed the steep path on the slippery red soil.

  • If in the raw morning hours a donkey brays, the men are very much perturbed, for they know that the poor beast has seen a djin.

    Morocco S.L. Bensusan
  • The djin were formerly the souls of a great people inhabiting this region.

British Dictionary definitions for djin


(often functioning as sing) the plural of jinni
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for djin



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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