1. Islamic Mythology. jinn.
  2. a spirit, often appearing in human form, that when summoned by a person carries out the wishes of the summoner.
  3. any spirit; demon.


  1. (in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person’s wishes
  2. another word for jinni


  1. 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.

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