Definitions for jinndʒɪn; dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jinndʒɪn; dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i(n.)(pl.)jinns also jin•nis; jinn also jin•ni.
(in Islamic myth) any of a class of spirits, lower than the angels, capable of appearing in human and animal forms and influencing humankind.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of jinn:
1675–85; pl. of Ar jinnī demon
A spirit, lower than the angels, who could appear in animal or human form and influence men
Origin: From جن (collective form of جني)
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the Arabian mythology one of a class of genii born of fire, some of them good spirits and some of them evil, with the power of assuming visible forms, hideous or bewitching, corresponding to their character.