Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet grape dried either in the sun or by artificial means.
  • n. A deep brownish purple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dried grape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grape, or a bunch of grapes.
  • n. A grape dried in the sun or by artificial heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cluster of grapes; also, a grape.
  • n. A dried grape of the common Old World species, Vitis vinifera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dried grape

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, grape, from Vulgar Latin *racīmus, from Latin racēmus, bunch of grapes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French raisin ("grape"), from Latin racēmus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Apparently a raisin is a dried grape (knew that) while a sultana is a seedless raisin (didn't know that - presumably they mean dried seedless grape and not a raisin they've gone to the trouble of taking the seed from) and a currant is a dried seedless grape of a specific variety.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • On the menu it is referred to as "raisin et cannelle."

    Parisian Patisserie's Stateside Landing

  • Sour cream raisin is an old farm recipe in the midwest.

    sweet, not savory! | Homesick Texan

  • You know, there's money in raisin 'horses -- especially the big workhorses that run to eighteen hundred an' two thousand pounds.

    CHAPTER II

  • Made with Friday's leftover raisin raisin challah, local eggs and honey purchased at the Ballard Farmers Market (from Washington Bees that took a trip to California to pollinate lime, lemon and orange crops).

    Seattle Bon Vivant:

  • I had the pork in raisin, prune and apricot sauce and felt it was also quite good.

    Visit to Patzcuaro - Questions

  • An example of a productivity improvement that "will not be put into operation until there is need for it due to rising cost," as Simon said, is in raisin grapes].

    The Employment Situation, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They’re not as versatile as the go-with-anything plain variety of english muffin, but when they’re spread with butter, cinnamon raisin is a fantastic breakfast treat.

    Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins | Baking Bites

  • She glared at Ermessenda, who winced and made a face that Ramon called her raisin look -- wrinkled, dry, and dark.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • The sludge that came out was courteously called raisin wine.

    THE GREAT ESCAPE

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