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jinn

[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.
Also, jinni
[ji-nee, jin-ee] /dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i/ (Show IPA),
djin, djinn, djinni, jin.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; plural of Arabic jinnī demon
Can be confused
gin, jinn.
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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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