Definition of jinn in US English:


(also djinn, jinni)


  • (in Arabian and Muslim mythology) an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.

    ‘the rebellious jinn lead men astray’
    Compare with genie
    • ‘As he watched Sophia dance, Muammar wondered if the others dancing with her were only jinns, evil spirits.’
    • ‘Fearing that the jinn had possessed her, her mother took her to an exorcist, a middle age man who confirmed that the girl was indeed possessed.’
    • ‘Many Muslims believe in jinns, spirits who can change shape and be either visible or invisible.’
    • ‘Some of these places include uninhabited sites, places where an array of spirit beings including jinn and ghosts are believed to reside.’
    • ‘These spirits, or jinns, can be either good or evil.’


From Arabic jinnī, plural jinn.