[ rey-zin ]
/ ˈreɪ zɪn /


a grape of any of various sweet varieties dried in the sun or by artificial means, often used in cookery.
dark purplish blue.

Nearby words

  1. raise the devil,
  2. raise the roof,
  3. raised,
  4. raised beach,
  5. raised bog,
  6. raisin river,
  7. raising,
  8. raising plate,
  9. raison d'etat,
  10. raison d'etre

Origin of raisin

1350–1400; Middle English raisin, reisin < Old French < Vulgar Latin *racīmus, for Latin racēmus raceme

Related formsrai·sin·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for raisin


/ (ˈreɪzən) /


a dried grape
Derived Formsraisiny, adjective

Word Origin for raisin

C13: from Old French: grape, ultimately from Latin racēmus cluster of grapes; compare Greek rhax berry, grape

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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.

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