noun, plural jinns, (especially collectively) jinn. Islamic Mythology.
- 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.
- (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni
1680s, djen, from Arabic jinn, collective plural, “demons, spirits, angels.” The proper singular is jinni. Cf. genie.