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(in The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments) the son of a poor widow in China. He becomes the possessor of a magic lamp and ring with which he can command a jinn to do his bidding.
Contemporary Examples

Since its premiere this March, Aladdin has received rave reviews.
The Best Plays on Broadway Marina Watts May 18, 2014

The video helped land him a job in Los Angeles as a production animator for big-time movies, including Aladdin and Toy Story.
YouTube’s Rising Cartoon Star James Gavin September 2, 2010

So when Disney produced a sequel to Aladdin, Dan Castellaneta voiced the Genie.
The Genie Is Free: Robin Williams’s Complicated Relationship With Disney Kevin Fallon August 11, 2014

And then one pencil drawing of my face, and one pencil drawing of the Genie from Aladdin.
How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star Kevin Fallon October 30, 2014

Iconic looks include the metallic and asymmetrical bodysuits from the Aladdin Sane tour, the ice-blue suit from the Life on Mars?
The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie Justin Jones September 22, 2014

Historical Examples

“Say no more, Major; you shall have your wish,” laughed Aladdin.
Jack and the Check Book John Kendrick Bangs

Aladdin’s key could not have caused more surprise than this talisman.
The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2) Harry Furniss

Aladdin hung his head with shame as his uncle gravely shook his head.
Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12) Various

Aladdin, who observed his tears, asked him what made him weep.
The Arabian Nights Unknown

Then presently he summoned the Grand Vizier, and bade him look forth at the palace of Aladdin.
Sindbad the Sailor & Other Stories from The Arabian Nights Edmund Dulac

(in The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments) a poor youth who obtains a magic lamp and ring, with which he summons genies who grant his wishes

name of a hero in stories from the Arabian Nights, from Arabic Ala’ al Din, literally “nobility of faith.”


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