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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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  • According to Khizil, the wall had been erected by the genii (djins), at the command of the mighty sovereign Alexander.

    Travels in Central Asia Arminius Vmbry
  • The strangers had been interfering with those ruins, and the djins and evil spirits had resented it.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • Every one knew that the old ruins were the homes of djins and evil spirits.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • Long rows of djins' cars are stationed there, awaiting the customers they have brought, who will all have their turn before us.

  • He heard around him the flapping of wings; it was a troop of afreets and djins.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • The chorus of afreets and djins was left far behind, but he still heard the sound of pinions.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
British Dictionary definitions for djins


(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 djins



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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