Definition of sultana in English:


Syllabification: sul·tan·a
Pronunciation: /səlˈtanə


  • 1A small, light brown, seedless raisin used in foods such as puddings and cakes.
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    • A few varieties are grown to produce raisins, sultanas, and currants.
    • Soak the saffron and raisins or sultanas in 2 tbsp boiling water and set aside.
    • See also currants, lexias, muscatels, sultanas, and raisins for specific sorts of dried grape.
  • 2A wife or concubine of a sultan.
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    • When al-Musta'sim, the Abbasid caliph, opposed her reign, the sultana abdicated and married Aybek.
    • From this point onward, the future sultana steadily gained influence in the sultan's eyes.
    • For example, in order to control her second husband, the sultana had to kill him.
  • 2.1Any other woman in a sultan’s family.


late 16th century (sense 2): from Italian, feminine of sultano (see sultan). sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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