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genie

[jee-nee] /ˈdʒi ni/
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 of genie
1645-1655
1645-55; < French génie < Latin genius; see genius
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genie

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

Genie

/ˈdʒiːnɪ/
noun
1.
(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
n.

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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