[Fr., from L. racemus.] A ripe grape dried in the sun or by artificial heat. (See Grape.) Raisins are dried either with the stalk cut nearly into two and left to dry on the vines, or with the branch wholly cut off, hung up, or laid on floors to dry. The first are best, and are called the muscatels or raisins of the sun, and the finest come from Malaga and Valencia in Spain. Sultanas are made from a grape without seeds, and are brought from Smyrna.