rai·​sin | \ ˈrā-zᵊn How to pronounce raisin (audio) \

Definition of raisin

: a grape of any of several varieties that has been dried in the sun or by artificial heat

Examples of raisin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long sweet finish with lingering golden raisin notes. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Expect an assortment of bread, onion-parmesan bialys, enormous chocolate chip cookies and golden loaves of cinnamon-raisin pain de mie, among other Little Sky staples. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Apr. 2022 The nose is full of raisin notes, with fig jam, leather and spice on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2022 Desserts include rum raisin and grape nut ice cream, mango sorbet and cakes. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternatively with raisin mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture, just until blended. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 23 Jan. 2018 Now, Elmo's a hero among Gillespie's peers once again for standing up against a pet rock who took the last oatmeal raisin cookie. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Ina's Favorite Cookies come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate chunk walnut, chocolate white chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter chocolate chunk. PEOPLE.com, 8 Dec. 2021 The holiday option is packed into cookie tins that allow for your choice of up to four types of cookies, including: oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip, chocolate chip, lemon, sugar, and ginger. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of raisin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raisin

Middle English, from Anglo-French, grape, raisin, from Latin racemus cluster of grapes or berries — more at raceme

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“Raisin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raisin. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for raisin


rai·​sin | \ ˈrā-zᵊn How to pronounce raisin (audio) \

Kids Definition of raisin

: a sweet dried grape used for food

Raisin geographical name

Rai·​sin | \ ˈrā-zᵊn How to pronounce Raisin (audio) \

Definition of Raisin

river about 115 miles (185 kilometers) long in southeastern Michigan flowing into Lake Erie

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