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

Examples of raisin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Think hearty grits topped with crispy salmon croquettes; peach-bourbon French toast with caramelized peaches, raisins, and rich syrup; and homestyle biscuits smothered in a rich chicken, pepper, and onion gravy. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Brunch in Chicago," 3 Mar. 2018 Liberally add pickled golden raisins and crushed toasted hazelnuts to the platter. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Rye's chef goes for bold flavors (like this paprika octopus) but keeps the menu simple," 17 Apr. 2018 In a large bowl, combine the onion — mustard green mixture with the bread, raisins, and fennel pollen and stir until well mixed. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Porchetta Recipe," 2 Jan. 2011 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'raisin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about raisin

Statistics for raisin

Last Updated

5 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for raisin

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for raisin



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on raisin

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with raisin

Spanish Central: Translation of raisin

Nglish: Translation of raisin for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of raisin for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about raisin

Comments on raisin

What made you want to look up raisin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!