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[suhl-tan-uh, -tah-nuh]
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  1. a small, seedless raisin.
  2. a wife or a concubine of a sultan.
  3. a sister, daughter, or mother of a sultan.
  4. a mistress, especially of a king or other royal personage.
  5. Also called old amethyst. a deep purplish-red color.
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Origin of sultana

1575–85; < Italian, feminine of sultano sultan
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Related Words for sultana

king, monarch, emperor, czar, sultan, shah, girl, queen, adult, female, majesty, empress, mogul, kaiser, prince, baron, royal, sovereign, potentate, lord

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Historical Examples of sultana

  • Chop also a dozen pippins, and two pounds of sultana raisins.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • 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.


    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

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
  1. Also called: sultaness a wife, concubine, or female relative of a sultan
  2. a mistress; concubine
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Word Origin for sultana

C16: from Italian, feminine of sultano sultan
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Word Origin and History for sultana


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

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