Definition of genius
What does the word genius mean?
part of speech: noun
(pl.-iuses, -li). Tutelary spirit of person, place, or institution (good, evil, g., two opposed spirits or angels working for person\'s salvation or damnation, also person who powerfully influences one for good or ill); (usu. pl., genii, w. sing. GENIE) demon (s), supernatural being (s); nation\'s, age\'s, &c., prevalent feeling, opinions, or taste; character, spirit, drift, method, of a language, law, &c.; associations or inspirations of a place; natural ability, special mental endowments; (no pl.) exalted intellectual power, instinctive& extraordinary imaginative, creative, or inventive capacity, (pl-iuses) person having this; g. loci (L), presiding deity, associations &c., of the place. [Latin]