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


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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

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Veggies can be hidden in many muffin recipes and are front-and-center in recipes like carrot-raisin muffins. Melissa Rayworth, Houston Chronicle, "Healthful breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard," 14 Aug. 2019 Speaking of which, what about a cinnamon-raisin bagel with lox and cream cheese, aka the infamous Cynthia Nixon favorite? Charles Passy, WSJ, "In Search of a New York Bagel in Europe," 24 Nov. 2018 Slane says the virgin casks give the whiskey its flavors of toasted oak and vanilla; seasoned casks add caramel, plum, banana, and butterscotch notes; and sherry casks contribute flavors of raisin and spice into the whiskey’s final flavor profile. Emily Price, Fortune, "This New Irish Whiskey Has Deep Roots in Rock ‘n’ Roll," 24 Aug. 2019 To pack even more nutrition, make a trail mix with plain roasted almonds, and add dried, unsweetened fruit, like raisins or plums. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Back to school: 9 lower-sugar snacks and treats for kids you can feel good about," 21 Aug. 2019 John Chandler, a fourth-generation farmer in Selma, Calif., grows peaches, plums, almonds, citrus and grapes for raisins and wine on his property. Washington Post, "EPA will not ban use of controversial pesticide linked to children’s health problems," 18 July 2019 For example, granola might contain some naturally occurring sugar from raisins or dates, along with some added sugar to sweeten up the oats, like honey. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?," 24 June 2019 Salads — like a mound of kale with raisins, pistachio and apple — are better than most and teeter on the brink of standing out, though small balance issues keep them tethered to their mortal forms. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 Add scallions, grains, pumpkin seeds, and raisins to dressing and toss to coat. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Twice-Roasted Squash with Parmesan Butter and Grains," 19 Mar. 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 How to pronounce raisin (audio) \

Kids Definition of raisin

: a sweet dried grape used for food

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