- Islamic Mythology. jinn.
- a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
- any spirit; demon.
- (in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person’s wishes
- another word for jinni
- Canadian an award given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of Canadian cinematic achievements
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.