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 (kûr′ənt, kŭr′-)
1. Any of various deciduous, spineless shrubs of the genus Ribes, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having flowers in racemes and edible red, black, or white berries.
2. The fruits of any of these plants, used for jams, jellies, desserts, or beverages.
3. A small seedless raisin of the Mediterranean region, used chiefly in baking.
4. Any of several other plants or their fruit.

[From Middle English (raysons of) coraunte, (raisins of) Corinth, currants, from Anglo-Norman (raisins de) Corauntz, from Latin Corinthus, Corinth, from Greek Korinthos.]


1. (Cookery) a small dried seedless grape of the Mediterranean region, used in cooking
2. (Plants) any of several mainly N temperate shrubs of the genus Ribes, esp R. rubrum (redcurrant) and R. nigrum (blackcurrant): family Grossulariaceae. See also gooseberry1
3. (Plants) the small acid fruit of any of these plants
[C16: shortened from rayson of Corannte raisin of Corinth]


(ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-)

1. a small seedless raisin, produced chiefly in California and in the Levant, used in cooking.
2. the small, round, sour berry of certain shrubs of the genus Ribes, of the saxifrage family.
3. the shrub itself.
[1300–50; shortened from Middle English raysons of Coraunte raisins of Corinth, from which they orig. came]


- Developed from Middle English raison of Corauntz, "a raisin of Corinth," from where the fruit came.
See also related terms for raisin.



These words are both pronounced /'kʌrənt/.

1. 'currant'

Currant is a noun. A currant is a small dried grape.

...dried fruits such as currants, raisins and dried apricots.
2. 'current' used as a noun

Current can be a noun or an adjective.

A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river or lake, or in the sea.

The child had been swept out to sea by the current.

A current is also a steady flowing movement of air, or a flow of electricity through a wire or circuit.

I felt a current of cool air blowing in my face.
There was a powerful electric current running through the wires.
3. 'current' used as an adjective

Current is used to describe things which are happening or being used now, rather than at some time in the past or future.

Our current methods of production are far too expensive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.currant - any of several tart red or black berries used primarily for jellies and jamscurrant - any of several tart red or black berries used primarily for jellies and jams
berry - any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
gooseberry - currant-like berry used primarily in jams and jellies
black currant - small black berries used in jams and jellies
red currant - small red berries used primarily in jams and jellies
2.currant - any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Ribes bearing currants
genus Ribes, Ribes - a flowering shrub bearing currants or gooseberries; native to northern hemisphere
garden current, red currant, Ribes rubrum - cultivated European current bearing small edible red berries
black currant, European black currant, Ribes nigrum - widely cultivated current bearing edible black aromatic berries
Ribes sativum, white currant - garden currant bearing small white berries
Ribes sanguineum, winter currant - a flowering shrub
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
3.currant - small dried seedless raisin grown in the Mediterranean region and California; used in cooking
raisin - dried grape
زَبيبثمرة كِشْمِش
kúrennarifsber, sólber
džiovinta besėklė vynuogėrazinaserbentas
nho khô


A. N (= dried grape) → pasa f de Corinto; (= bush) → grosellero m; (= fruit) → grosella f
B. CPD currant bun Nbollo m con pasas, pan m de pasas (LAm)


[ˈkʌrənt] nraisin m de Corinthe, raisin m seccurrant bun npetit pain m aux raisins


(= dried fruit)Korinthe f
(Bot) → Johannisbeere f; currant bushJohannisbeerstrauch m


[ˈkʌrnt] n (dried grape) → uva passa; (bush, fruit) → ribes m inv


(ˈkarənt) , ((American) ˈkə:-) noun
1. a small black raisin or dried seedless grape. This cake has currants in it.
2. any of several types of small berry. a redcurrant/blackcurrant.

a packet of currants (not currents).


زَبيب rozinka korend Korinthe σταφίδα grosella, pasa korintti raisin sec ribiz uva sultanina 小粒の種なし干しブドウ 건포도 krent korint rodzynek groselha, uva passa изюм vinbär ลูกเกด kuşüzümü nho khô 无核葡萄干
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John was requested to order home a dozen or so of little pots and an extra quantity of sugar, for their own currants were ripe and were to be attended to at once.
She baked either pies or cake for us every day, unless, for a change, she made my favourite pudding, striped with currants and boiled in a bag.
Morning decidedly the best timenever tired every sort goodhautboy infinitely superiorno comparison the others hardly eatablehautboys very scarceChili preferred white wood finest flavour of allprice of strawberries in London abundance about BristolMaple Grovecultivationbeds when to be renewedgardeners thinking exactly differentno general rule gardeners never to be put out of their waydelicious fruit only too rich to be eaten much ofinferior to cherries currants more refreshingonly objection to gathering strawberries the stoopingglaring suntired to deathcould bear it no longer must go and sit in the shade.
to CLEAN DOWN Moor House from chamber to cellar; my next to rub it up with bees-wax, oil, and an indefinite number of cloths, till it glitters again; my third, to arrange every chair, table, bed, carpet, with mathematical precision; afterwards I shall go near to ruin you in coals and peat to keep up good fires in every room; and lastly, the two days preceding that on which your sisters are expected will be devoted by Hannah and me to such a beating of eggs, sorting of currants, grating of spices, compounding of Christmas cakes, chopping up of materials for mince-pies, and solemnising of other culinary rites, as words can convey but an inadequate notion of to the uninitiated like you.
Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words `EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants.
Why, I could name ye a dozen whose bones lie in the Greenland seas above," he pointed northwards, "or where the currants may have drifted them.
On the 26th of May, the travellers encamped at Laramie's Fork, a clear and beautiful stream, rising in the west-southwest, maintaining an average width of twenty yards, and winding through broad meadows abounding in currants and gooseberries, and adorned with groves and clumps of trees.
or, if new grocers were to fill their windows with mountains of currants and sugar, made seductive by contrast and tickets,--what security was there for Grimworth, that a vagrant spirit in shopping, once introduced, would not in the end carry the most important families to the larger market town of Cattleton, where, business being done on a system of small profits and quick returns, the fashions were of the freshest, and goods of all kinds might be bought at an advantage?
thinking o' getherin' the red currants soon, I reckon.
When in the shop, he cast a quick glance at the shop-lads, who looked upon the scene with a pride mingled with some inquietude; then plunging his hands into a chest of currants, he went straight to the officer who was waiting for him at the door.
At an early hour one day, he encamped in a narrow valley on the banks of a beautifully clear but rushy pool; surrounded by thickets bearing abundance of wild cherries, currants, and yellow and purple gooseberries.
She was a fat woman in an apricot-coloured gown, with a heavily powdered face, against which her black long-lashed eyes showed like currants in dough.