rai·sin | \ˈrā-zᵊn \

Definition of raisin 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
Rai·sin | \ˈrā-zᵊn \

Definition of Raisin (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other eats Starting our meal was the verdure agro dulce ($13), a plate of yellow and purple cauliflower, romanesco, green beans, pine nuts and golden raisins sitting in a pool of a sweet vinegary sauce. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Put out small fruits like raisins or blueberries as well as sunflower and millet seeds on the ground for robins and other songbirds to eat. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Robins, purple martins and other birds in peril from weekend snowstorm," 17 Apr. 2018 The Dirty Elvis sandwich is a sweet version with peanut butter-like gjetost cheese, bacon and banana on cinnamon raisin bread. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "8 places for a grilled cheese sandwich (or doughnut)," 12 Apr. 2018 These bananas, cooked in a yummy, rummy sauce, are also perfect for spooning over vanilla or rum raisin ice cream, coconut or pineapple sorbet, even plain poundcake. Lori Perlmutter, Woman's Day, "Sauteed Bananas with Rum," 1 Jan. 2012 Onions, salt, dough, avocadoes, grapes, raisins and chocolate can be potentially toxic to your pet. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Keep your pet safe on July 4th," 2 July 2018 Hald tells Geggel that fruits originating from the Mediterranean region, such as figs, raisins and lemon peels, were likely prepared as dried delicacies in order to prevent them from spoiling on the journey north to Denmark. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 The retaliation list reportedly includes duties worth over 18 billion euro ($21.07 billion), on items such as frozen fish, raisins, suitcases, and adhesive bandages. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The EU Is Preparing New Tariffs to Strike Back in Its Trade War With Trump—Ketchup, Beware," 6 July 2018 Add brown sugar, vinegar, wine, raisins, mustard seed and salt, and bring to a boil. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of raisin

: a dried grape used for food


rai·sin | \ˈrā-zᵊn \

Kids Definition of raisin

: a sweet dried grape used for food

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