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 Each spoonful emerges with multiple textures, serious heat and notes of smoke, raisin and garlic — and this salsa style is becoming a go-to for Bay Area chefs and home cooks looking for an easy way to jazz up dishes. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area’s hottest condiment right now: inventive takes on spicy, crunchy salsa macha," 26 Apr. 2021 There are additional notes of dark chocolate, marzipan, brown sugar and caramel, and more distinctive raisin, prune, date, black cherry and fig flavors, while the tropical fruit notes merge into a sort of tropical fruit cocktail. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, "A Priceless Collection Of Black Bowmore Slated For Sotheby’s Auction," 16 Apr. 2021 There is also Japanese raisin tree in the cream that is meant to help detoxify and rid the skin of any impurities. NBC News, "Fenty sale 2021: Best deals on Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin," 19 Mar. 2021 Oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic in the pantheon of desserts, so I was stunned to discover that The Washington Post didn’t have a recipe in our database for this delicious but divisive dessert. Washington Post, "Thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic for a reason," 3 Mar. 2021 Cauli Crunch’s base ingredients are dried cauliflower and rice crumbs, which themselves are made from a mixture of rice flour, raisin juice, and sea salt. Cindy Brzostowski, Forbes, "As Cauliflower’s Popularity Holds, Breadcrumb Alternative Cauli Crunch Enters The Scene," 19 Mar. 2021 Remove from the heat and transfer the onion and raisin mixture to a small bowl. Washington Post, "Fragrant saffron and sweet onions make this Persian-style chicken and rice a feast for the senses," 4 Mar. 2021 Of course, the gin and raisin recipe is just one step of DeClerk's healthy-living regimen. Glamour, "This 105-Year-Old Woman Eats Nine Gin-Soaked Raisins a Day," 24 Feb. 2021 Think rum raisin—two foods your pup can't have—or any variety of chocolate—a total no-no since dogs cannot process the ingredients in chocolate. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?," 12 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raisin. Accessed 9 May. 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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