(also ‘jinni‘; plural: ‘genii‘ or ‘geneis‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘g’ in this word rhymes with the letter ‘j’ in the word “judge”)

an imaginary magical spirit (ghost), which in the form of a large man appears when called and helps the one who called it, found in Arabian fairy tales and the Koran;

(less commonly) any person with extraordinary power, skill or talent; a genius (next entry),

a genie out of the magic lamp


When he was young, my son used to believe the genie in cartoons and stories in books, especially ‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’, and try to find the magic lamp out of the old things in the attic.

By going to war on Iraq, America and its allies have let the genie out of the bottle, and now, as we see, more and more countries are harbouring terrorists and there have been more terrorist attacks on civilians than there were before the war.

In a multi-party political system, some small parties who are a part of the  coalition government, take the main party for a genie who would, or rather should, grant every one of their wishes.

Gerald and Mike are computer genies; they can do miracles using a computer as a magician in a show does tricks!

For an article that explains what a genie is, please click here, for a Q & A session on Yahoo Answers that shows the difference between a gypsy and a genie, please click here, for a news article that shows us how we come across this word in our daily news, please click here, for another article which compares ‘genie’ and the answer to a prayer, please click here and for another news article in which we see this word ‘genie’ is used in other contexts, please click here.

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