American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The wife, mother, sister, or daughter of a sultan.
- n. The mistress of a sultan, king, or prince.
- n. Any of various green seedless grapes, especially the Thompson seedless, used in producing raisins and a white wine.
- n. The often yellow raisin made from this grape.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mother, a wife, or a daughter of a sultan.
- n. A mistress, especially of a king or prince.
- n. A peculiar form of necklace worn by women in the second half of the eighteenth century.
- n. An obsolete musical instrument of the viol class, having several wire strings, tuned in pairs, like the zither.
- n. In ornithology, same as sultan, 2.
- n. A variety of raisin. See raisin, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The wife of a sultan; a sultaness.
- n. A kind of seedless raisin produced near Smyrna in Asiatic Turkey.
- n. pale yellow seedless grape used for raisins and wine
- n. dried seedless grape
- Italian, feminine of sultano, sultan, from Arabic sulṭān; see sultan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I also knew, that by birth the sultana was a Hindu, although on being wed to her lord as a little girl, she had of course embraced the true faith of Islam, in so far as it matters for a woman to have any religion at all.”
“And this skin was stretched over curves which likewise seemed ripened by a southern sun, recalling a sultana with their indolent and vegetative luxuriance.”
“The sultana was a sensible woman, and knew not only the weak side of her husband, but also the way to take advantage of it.”
“If he gives a large sum to the girl, it will give his "sultana" a powerful weapon for the future.”
“Never mind," she announces, quickly sticking a sultana in the top.”
“Elsewhere, that day's specials included an interesting-sounding creamy potato, smoked cheese, apple and basil bake, a chunky vegetable and barley broth, and several mouth-watering puddings, such as apple and sultana crumble, and chocolate and almond torte.”
“It was currently dressed like a sultana, and a particularly opulent sultana at that.”
“This recipe is based upon my mother's cake recipe (choose your flavour - butter, chocolate, sultana, rainbow, depending on what you add or omit).”
“They started their life as sultana polenta cakes from a recipe I spotted over coffee in some magazine.”
“In a fit of hopefullness I picked up a bag of organic bran flakes and a bag of sultanas this afternoon and have combined them in a glass jar as homemade raisin (well, sultana) bran.”
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