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 The extra time allows for sugars to build up as the grapes are on their way to becoming raisins. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Best wines in Arizona: The 2019 azcentral.com Arizona Wine Competition winners," 15 Nov. 2019 The North Olmsted Senior Center will collect single serve mac and cheese; North Olmsted High School SITES Program, fruit cups; Bay Village High School, applesauce/pudding cups and Bay Village Middle School Builders Club, raisins. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls students treat veterans with breakfast, honor: Olmsted Dates and Data," 9 Nov. 2019 In Puerto Rican and Dominican guisadas, olives, capers and raisins often join the party. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Carne guisada is the simple stew you need right now," 16 Oct. 2019 And in the wine country of central France, the grapes withered to raisins on the vine, so sugary the wine made from them was syrupy and extra-alcoholic. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine," 30 Sep. 2019 The small amount of fruit (raisins) provides some natural yeasts to kickstart the process as well as tannins, bitter aromatic compounds that improve the flavor profile. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 Stir quick oats, crisp rice cereal and raisins in a large bowl. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Want to try a kids cooking subscription box? Here's why we love them," 21 June 2019 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raisin. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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