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

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 How to pronounce Raisin (audio) \

Definition of Raisin (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of raisin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just one look at the usual nuts, M&Ms, and raisins is enough to take you back to the worst days of your childhood camping experiences. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 Are there enough superlatives left for the whole-roasted cauliflower, with tehina, golden raisins, za’atar, and pistachios? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A love affair with Michael Mina’s cooking heats up with International Smoke," 22 Aug. 2019 Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in pine nuts and raisins. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fear of fish? Bake it, don't fry it, for no-fuss, foolproof results," 16 Feb. 2018 Sometimes contains raisins, sometimes apples, sometimes pineapple? Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "We Need To Talk About Noodle Kugel," 16 Sep. 2019 The brothers keep dog biscuits by the front door and hand out boxes of raisins to kids. BostonGlobe.com, "Every grocer knows his expiration dates, and Marc Najarian is no exception. So the septuagenarian and his brother Crosby were busy consoling longtime customers as news spread that their family-owned market in the Huron Village neighborhood of Cambridge would be closing this weekend.," 13 Sep. 2019 Add cooled barley, raisins, cilantro, and pistachios and gently toss to combine. America’s Test Kitchen, The Denver Post, "Barley makes up the base for this unique, toothy salad," 1 Aug. 2019 In the bags are comfort items – toilet paper, crackers, small packs of raisins, a memory foam pad to put on their hospital beds and a special binder with information on how to navigate finances and networking when your child is seriously ill. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville group gives a shoulder for parents of ill kids to cry on and space to be angry," 24 June 2019 Straightforward as these dishes may have seemed on the chalkboard, small touches like the golden raisins and pepitas in the green bean salad or the simple use of hyper fresh jalapeno in the soup added bursts of flavor and texture. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This 50-year-old lunch spot is the best place to grab a sandwich in downtown Louisville," 7 Aug. 2019

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

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English Language Learners Definition of raisin

: a dried grape used for food


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Kids Definition of raisin

: a sweet dried grape used for food

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