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[jee-nee] /ˈdʒi ni/
Islamic Mythology, jinn.
a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
any spirit; demon.
Origin of genie
1645-55; < French génie < Latin genius; see genius Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • In one sense this debate is moot, because the crypto genie is out of the bottle.
  • He released a genie: in three terse papers, he founded the discipline known as sociobiology.
  • But the genie was out of the bottle: paper money had arrived.
  • It is difficult to image how a genie of your readers' discontent and disappointment can now be stuffed back into its lamp.
  • They stumble across a lamp and release a genie, who offers them each a wish.
  • The genie is out of the bottle and there is no stuffing it back in.
British Dictionary definitions for genie


(in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person's wishes
another word for jinni
Word Origin
C18: from French génie, from Arabic jinni demon, influenced by Latin genius attendant spirit; see genius


(Canadian) an award given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of Canadian cinematic achievements
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Word Origin and History for genie

1650s, "tutelary spirit," from French génie, from Latin genius (see genius); used in French translation of "Arabian Nights" to render Arabic jinni, singular of jinn, which it accidentally resembled, and attested in English with this sense from 1748.

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