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[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.
Also, jinni
[ji-nee, jin-ee] /dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i/ (Show IPA),
djin, djinn, djinni, jin.
Origin of jinn
1675-85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confused
gin, jinn. Unabridged
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  • The jinn smell and lick things, and have a liking for remnants of food.
British Dictionary definitions for jinn


(often functioning as sing) the plural of jinni
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Word Origin and History for jinn

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

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