Definition of sultana in English:


Line breaks: sul|tana
Pronunciation: /sʌlˈtɑːnə


1British A small, light brown, seedless raisin used in foods such as puddings and cakes: [as modifier]: a sultana cake
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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 (in sense 2): from Italian, feminine of sultano (see sultan). sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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