Definition of genie in English:



  • A spirit of Arabian folklore, as traditionally depicted imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned.

    Compare with jinn
    • ‘Can she melt her tyrant husband's cold heart with her tales of treasures, monsters, genies, magic and romance and create a true story of her own?’
    • ‘It was true that a person chosen to receive the help of a genie got three wishes.’
    • ‘If you had your choice, if you could pull a genie out of a bottle and the genie could grant you three wishes, what would your three wishes be?’
    • ‘The breathtaking effects - genies in bottles, magic carpets - are by the stage illusionist responsible for the famous scene in the musical The Witches Of Eastwick.’
    • ‘He spies a bottle that looks like it could hold a genie, so he rubs it.’
    • ‘Once again, we see that you cannot put the genie back in the bottle once it is out.’
    • ‘Proper genies only grant wishes when they want to.’
    • ‘Be careful what you unleash: some genies can never be put back in their bottles.’
    • ‘Let's get a genie and wish that we could be young again and all of those things could be true.’
    • ‘Contrary to what you might think, genies have quite a bit of control over what wishes get granted.’
    • ‘She didn't care if he was a genie that could make her dearest wishes come true.’
    • ‘Images of genies and bottles, clocks turned back, trains leaving stations, and the like tend to pepper our discourse and justify our passivity in the face of a historical force majeure.’
    • ‘His second wish was to have piles of gold, and the genie granted it.’
    • ‘The genie is out of the bottle and now we must learn to live with it.’
    • ‘His friend summoned the genie, and made a wish that all of the forty thieves would be sent to a land far away.’
    • ‘All manner of unsavoury genies have been released from bottles in which they slumbered quite safely; they are not easily returned.’
    • ‘With the genie out of the bottle, it was only a matter of time before something more horrid would emerge.’
    • ‘Supernatural creatures such as angels, genies, ghosts, and spirits, are believed to exist.’
    • ‘They recognized that getting the nuclear genie back in the bottle was nigh impossible.’
    • ‘He wanted me to help him summon the genie for whatever evil plot he had planned.’


Mid 17th century (denoting a guardian or protective spirit): from French génie, from Latin genius (see genius). Génie was adopted in the current sense by the 18th-century French translators of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, because of its resemblance in form and sense to Arabic jinnī jinni.