Definitions

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  • noun See jinn, jinnee.

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  • noun Islam An invisible spirit that influences mankind by appearing in human or animal form
  • noun A supernatural being with extraordinary powers that usually takes a human form and serves its summoner

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  • noun (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals

Etymologies

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From Arabic جن (jinn, "a mythical race of supernatural creatures").

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  • This is hopeless. My original source implied that djinn was the plural form of the singular noun djinni. But the situation seems far murkier, with plurals as diverse as djins, djin, djinni, djinns, jinn, jins, jin, and jinni.

    It's another Qaddafi all over again, I tell you!

    April 3, 2008