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jin·ni

or jin·nee also djin·ni  (jĭn′ē, jĭ-nē′)
n. pl. jinn also djinn (jĭn)
In the Koran and Muslim tradition, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.

[Arabic jinnī, demonic, demon, from jinn, demons, from janna, to cover, conceal; see gnn in Semitic roots.]
Usage Note: According to the Koran, humans share this world with another race of mortal beings, the jinn, that God created from pure, smokeless fire and endowed with supernatural powers. In Arabic, the noun jinn designates these beings as a group. An adjective jinnī, "belonging to the jinn," can be made from jinn by the addition of the suffix -ī. Jinnī can then itself be used as a noun with the sense "one belonging to the jinn, a jinni." In this way, the usual word for a single male member of the jinn is jinnī, while a single female is called a jinnīya, using the feminine form of jinnī. (This way of making singulars from nouns denoting groups is common in Arabic—the noun 'arab means "the Arabs, the Arab people," and its derivative 'arabī means "Arabic" and "an Arab.") Following Arabic usage, some writers in English use the English noun jinn only as a plural, to designate the group: These jinn are kindly, while those jinn are malevolent. The English noun jinni then fills the role of a singular for this noun: He met a kindly jinni in the desert. However, other writers in English take jinn as a singular noun designating a single member of the jinn race: He met a kindly jinn in the desert. These writers may then use the uninflected plural jinn, as in These jinn are kindly, and some even use a regularly formed English plural jinns, as in Those jinns are harmful.

jinn

(dʒɪn)
n
(Islam) (often functioning as singular) the plural of jinni

jinn

(dʒɪn)

also jin•ni

(dʒɪˈni, ˈdʒɪn i)

n., pl. jinns also jin•nis, (esp. collectively) 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.
[1675–85; pl. of Arabic jinnī demon]

jinn

An Arab name for a spirit.
Translations

jinn

nDschinn m
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All Jinns (genies), we are told, remained under his control, and this was the "throne" from where he would stand and issue commands to them.
The final match was contested between Islamabad Jinns and Army , where the former defeated the latter by 11-7, but Army topped the points table with 21 points, thus they were declared title winners while Islamabad Jinns were second with 18 points and Lahore Rugby Football Club third with 15 points.
The final match was contested between Islamabad Jinns and Army, where the former played better rugby and defeated the latter by 11-7, but the Army topped the points table with 21 points and therefore, they were declared the title winners.
LAHORE -- Army routed Lahore Rugby Football Club by 38-05 in an important Division I match of 5th Edition of Servis Tyres 15s Rugby Championship at Islamabad Jinns Rugby Club ground on Thursday.
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LAHORE -- Islamabad Jinns Club outclassed Lahore Hawks 49-20 in their 5th Servis Tyres 15-a-side Rugby League fixture here on Thursday.
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I know there is a scientific explanation behind it, but it feels very supernatural -- like there are some jinns in the room.
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Sixty-eight verses in 9 chapters of the Qur'an were identified by the research group as direct verses referring to Solomon, or relevant verses such as those on jinns and demons.