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[suhl-tan-uh, -tah-nuh] /sʌlˈtæn ə, -ˈtɑ nə/
a small, seedless raisin.
a wife or a concubine of a sultan.
a sister, daughter, or mother of a sultan.
a mistress, especially of a king or other royal personage.
Also called old amethyst. a deep purplish-red color.
Origin of sultana
1575-85; < Italian, feminine of sultano sultan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • At last his dearest hopes were to be realized; the sultana was about to become a mother.

    Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
  • He bowed to her as deferentially as to a sultana, when he made his answer.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • At last, when all was ready, a messenger was despatched to the sultana.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • Yes, you will be a sultana,—but I shall be dead, and I shall never see you again.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • "Here, sultana," replied Milo, taking a carefully folded silken banner from a pocket in his leathern tunic.

    The Pirate Woman Aylward Edward Dingle
  • sultana raisins, naturally seedless, are made from Sultanina and the sultana.

  • In that she had distinctly arranged that we should come up for her; and had stated her intention to travel back by the sultana.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • These rags will become cloth of gold on the body of the sultana of sultanas.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • An hour before in the same palace he had held a long deliberation with his aunt, the wise sultana Khadija.

  • These were in turn offered to the Caliph and the sultana by their surrounding attendants.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
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
Also called sultaness. a wife, concubine, or female relative of a sultan
a mistress; concubine
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, feminine of sultanosultan
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Word Origin and History for sultana

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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