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jinn

or jinni, djin, djinn, djinni, jin

[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, plural jinns (especially collectively) jinn. Islamic Mythology
1.
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
1675-1685
1675-85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confused
gin, jinn.
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  • If you take a jinni or a swan-maiden you can go from Cairo to Bokhara in less time than our best expresses could cover a mile.

  • Who does not sympathise with the Trader who killed the invisible son of the jinni?

  • De Launay had taken on some of the attributes of a guardian angel, a jinni who alone could guide her to the goal she sought.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • A round rock was shown us on which the chief magician sits to exorcise the jinni of the lakes, and around him the people dance.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • In the case of the jinni of Arabia the connection 54 with trees is more clearly demonstrable.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • Mr. Theodore Bent found the same superstitious dread of the jinni both in the Hadramaut and in Dhofar.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • The building is the abode of jinni, and no one who goes in is ever able to come out by the same door.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
British Dictionary definitions for jinni

jinni

/dʒɪˈniː; ˈdʒɪnɪ/
noun (pl) jinn, djinn (dʒɪn)
1.
a being or spirit in Muslim belief who could assume human or animal form and influence man by supernatural powers
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic

jinn

/dʒɪn/
noun
1.
(often functioning as sing) the plural of jinni
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Word Origin and History for jinni

jinn

n.

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

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