noun1 : one of a class of spirits thataccording to Muslim demonologyinhabit the earth, assume variousforms, and exercise supernaturalpower 2 : a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it : genie
“Onstage, she was electric. She was like some sort of jinni, a supernaturalforce of some sort.” — Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, September18, 2014
“A knockoff ‘Bewitched‘ in whichHagman played Maj. AnthonyNelson, a bachelor astronaut more or less cohabiting with curvaceousfemale jinni Barbara Eden, who called him ‘Master,’ the series, whichwas risqué in a way about to becomeoutdated, ran from 1965 to 1970….” — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2012
Did you know?
Is that jinni or jinn? Djinni or djinn? Adopted from an Arabic word for demon (usually represented in our alphabet as jinnī), this word is spelled a variety of ways in English—including genie, a spelling that comesfrom the same Arabic word but by way of French. All of those variantspellings are used to describe a supernatural spirit from Arabicmythology that is made of fire or air and can assume human or animalform. Mythology holds that jinn (that‘s the plural of jinni) love to punishhumans for any harm done to themand that they are the cause of manyaccidents and diseases.