Definition of raisin in English:



  • A partially dried grape.

    • ‘It contained a deliciously spicy mix of raisins, walnuts, pears and Calvados.’
    • ‘People who like raisins look at me as if I'm crazy when I try to describe why I don't.’
    • ‘Grapes and raisins were certainly imported to cities such as York and London and have turned up in those places.’
    • ‘However, just as raisins seem different from grapes, so do prunes appear to be distinct from plums.’
    • ‘Next, chop the tomatoes and the raisins, and drop them into a large, very clean pot.’
    • ‘Saute the garlic, raisins and pine nuts in the olive oil in a large pan, until the pine nuts are golden.’
    • ‘You will need a chutney that is thick with onions and raisins, rather than a sweet fruity one.’
    • ‘As with mashed potatoes, you can also use white rice with raisins as a side dish with meals.’
    • ‘This version includes the traditional pine nuts and raisins, but has the addition of saffron.’
    • ‘It was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine and mixed spices.’
    • ‘For the suckling pig, in a small bowl, combine the Armagnac and raisins and set aside.’
    • ‘Special valentine buns are baked with raisins, caraway seeds, and plum filling.’
    • ‘They had a plain version, and one with raisins and candied orange rind.’
    • ‘So on my solo polar expeditions I have porridge, ground almonds, raisins and butter.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, raisins, chopped nuts, cinnamon and salt.’
    • ‘Mix the flour, sugar and raisins together in a bowl then add the liquid, stirring well to combine.’
    • ‘He had made a light salad of romaine lettuce, almond slivers and raisins in a wine vinegar dressing to start.’
    • ‘She used to sort through five pound bags of raisins examining each one for stems.’
    • ‘Ask if they would like to decorate their cream cheese with olive slices or peanut butter with raisins.’
    • ‘Stir in oats, flour, walnuts and raisins, until it forms a well-blended dough.’


Middle English: from Old French, grape, from an alteration of Latin racemus grape bunch.