Genie definition

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A supernatural creature who does one's bidding when summoned.
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The definition of a genie is a spirit or imaginary creature that will appear when you rub a magic lamp and grant wishes.

The wish-granting supernatural figure voiced by Robin Williams in Aladdin who came out of the bottle and who granted Aladdin three wishes is an example of a genie.

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A fictional magical being that is typically bound to obey the commands of a mortal possessing its container.
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(Islam) An invisible spirit mentioned in the Qur'an and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals.
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A jinni.
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A jinn, now, esp., one in fables and stories who is confined to a lamp or bottle and who grants the wishes of whoever releases him.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
genie
Plural:
genii 2, genies

Origin of genie

  • French génie guardian spirit, tutelary deity, later also jinni (sense influenced by Arabic jinnī jinni) from Latin genius guardian spirit genius

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French génie (“genius", "genie”) (used to translate Arabic جِنّ (jinn) based on similarity of sound and sense) from Latin genius (“household guardian spirit”)

    From Wiktionary