- a grape of any of various sweet varieties dried in the sun or by artificial means, often used in cookery.
- dark purplish blue.
Origin of raisin
Examples from the Web for raisin
Amiri Baraka echoed this sentiment 17 years after Raisin premiered—post-Birmingham, post-Medgar, post-Malcolm.
When Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, America was shimmering with the stirrings of social agitation.
Raisin has racked up five Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play, and Best Direction of a Play.The Best Plays on Broadway
May 19, 2014
But having a raisin in my mouth I could not on the instant respond to the lash.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Mix three half pints of thin cream with a quarter of a pint of raisin wine, a little lemon juice, orange flower water, and sugar.
Mix eight ounces of fine flour, with eight ounces of sugar, and melt four ounces of butter in two spoonfuls of raisin wine.
I yelled at him; 'settin' here doin' nothin' but raisin' the divil generally!The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
I hear they're raisin' money up to Boston to give to the widders and orphans.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- a dried grape
Word Origin and History for raisin
"dried sweet grape," c.1300, from Anglo-French raycin (late 13c.), Old French raisin "grape; raisin," from Vulgar Latin *racimus, alteration of Latin racemus "cluster of grapes or berries" (also source of Spanish racimo, Italian racemo), probably from the same ancient lost Mediterranean language that gave Greek rhax (genitive rhagos) "grape, berry." Dutch razun also is from French; German Rosine is from an Old French variant form.