rai·​sin ˈrā-zᵊn How to pronounce raisin (audio)
: 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 Specialties include the coconut raisin roll, red bean bun, Hokkaido cream cakes, green tea croissants, rainbow roll cakes, pineapple tarts and caramel puddings. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 And lamb shank under a dome of fragrant rice, scattered with carrot strips and raisins, tastes more boiled than roasted. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 Even in very small amounts, raisins can be highly toxic to dogs, causing kidney damage in just a few hours, McCarthy said. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2023 Adding some cinnamon and raisins to the dough can be lovely. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Dec. 2023 This Milanese Christmas cake can be enjoyed around the clock: A wedge of the tall, fluffy, zesty orange treat studded with raisins and candied fruit satisfies for breakfast with espresso, as an afternoon snack, or for dessert with a digestivo like Amaretto. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Dec. 2023 Foods to avoid include chocolate, raisins, grapes, avocados, onions, garlic, and macadamia nuts. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2023 On the nose, there are notes of cherry, raisin, grape, vanilla, and a faint whiff of agave. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2023 Spread the butter mixture over the whole surface, and sprinkle the raisins (and cranberries). Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raisin was in the 14th century

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“Raisin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raisin. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


rai·​sin ˈrāz-ᵊn How to pronounce raisin (audio)
: a grape usually rich in sugar that has been dried

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Rai·​sin ˈrā-zᵊn How to pronounce Raisin (audio)
river about 115 miles (185 kilometers) long in southeastern Michigan flowing into Lake Erie

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