Definition of genie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒiːni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒiːni//
(pl. genies, genii
BrE BrE//ˈdʒiːniaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒiːniaɪ//
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(in Arabian stories) a spirit with magic powers, especially one that lives in a bottle or a lamp synonym djinn Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting a guardian or protective spirit): from French génie, from Latin genius ‘attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’. Génie was adopted in the current sense by the 18th-cent. French translators of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, because of its resemblance in form and sense to Arabic jinnī ‘jinnee’.
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