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[suhl-tan-uh, -tah-nuh] /sʌlˈtæn ə, -ˈtɑ nə/
a small, seedless raisin.
a wife or a concubine of a sultan.
a sister, daughter, or mother of a sultan.
a mistress, especially of a king or other royal personage.
Also called old amethyst. a deep purplish-red color.
Origin of sultana
1575-85; < Italian, feminine of sultano sultan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sultana
Historical Examples
  • Chop also a dozen pippins, and two pounds of sultana raisins.

  • sultana raisins, naturally seedless, are made from Sultanina and the sultana.

  • These rags will become cloth of gold on the body of the sultana of sultanas.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • These were in turn offered to the Caliph and the sultana by their surrounding attendants.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Yes, you will be a sultana, but I—I shall be dead and I shall never see you again.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Roused like the sultana Scheherazadê, and forced into a story.

  • Yes, it is so,” answered the sultana; “but what wilt thou make of that?

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • He bowed to her as deferentially as to a sultana, when he made his answer.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Yes, you will be a sultana,—but I shall be dead, and I shall never see you again.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • We looked from the boudoir of the sultana, the Chosen of the Harem.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for sultana


  1. the dried fruit of a small white seedless grape, originally produced in SW Asia: used in cakes, curries, etc; seedless raisin
  2. the grape itself
Also called sultaness. a wife, concubine, or female relative of a sultan
a mistress; concubine
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, feminine of sultanosultan
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Word Origin and History for sultana

1580s, from Italian sultana, fem. of sultano (see sultan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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