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 Seaver grew up a few hours from Napa Valley and spent summers working at the raisin factory where his father was a vice president; his plan was to retire as a Metsie and live out his days making wine. Devin Gordon Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Reginald Dwayne Betts Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Even the greatest Met ever could have his heart broken by the Mets.," 24 Dec. 2020 Notes of raisin, cherry and licorice come in as the beer warms in the glass. Star Tribune, "Boozy, barrel-aged beers perfect for cold weather," 16 Dec. 2020 Nab a dozen bagels on Goldbelly, from sesame and poppy to cinnamon raisin and salt, then grab your favorite spread and revel in some weekend bagel glory at home. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, "How to Eat Like a New Yorker Wherever You Are," 8 Dec. 2020 Don't want raisins in your brown butter oatmeal raisin cookies? Casey Barber, CNN, "Covid can't stop the holiday cookie swap," 5 Dec. 2020 The online menu boasts 10 cookie flavors, including chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "You can now order freshly baked cookies for home delivery in these North Texas cities," 3 Dec. 2020 Next Day Turkey-and-Cranberry Sriracha Strata, above, which uses leftover turkey and cranberry sauce, plus greens, cheddar and an unexpected cinnamon raisin bread. Washington Post, "How to make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 There's also aloe, green tea and cactus flower to help calm skin while Japanese raisin tree detoxifies and Australian lemon myrtle helps balance oil production. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Amazon, Fenty, Allbirds and more," 26 Oct. 2020 Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in NYC, loves oatmeal raisin cookies, and will not change her mind about them. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Get Paid $52,000 to Eat Cookies All Day," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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“Raisin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raisin. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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