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 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 The whisky offers up notes of raisin, dried apricot, heather honey, with a lingering smoky finish. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, "Seven Exceptional Values In Blended Scotch Whisky To Buy Now," 25 Feb. 2021 Chocolate chunk and oatmeal raisin are the top two. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "We all live in Flavortown now," 16 Feb. 2021 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

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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 20 Apr. 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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