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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
References in classic literature ?
Fired a with housewifely wish to see her storeroom stocked with homemade preserves, she undertook to put up her own currant jelly.
It's TWENTY-NINE minutes past four, aunt Jane, and Alice Robinson has been sitting under the currant bushes for a long time waiting for me.
She got downstairs before me, and out into the garden, where she had seen her cousin performing some easy work; and when I went to bid them come to breakfast, I saw she had persuaded him to clear a large space of ground from currant and gooseberry bushes, and they were busy planning together an importation of plants from the Grange.
He flew on to the nearest currant bush and tilted his head and sang a little song right at him.
Perhaps you'd like to spend a couple of shillings or so, in a bottle of currant wine by and by, up in the bedroom?
She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.
Morrel, to aid Dantes, he had shut himself up with two bottles of black currant brandy, in the hope of drowning reflection.
it is a Flemish word, I don't know how to spell it--A CORINTHE-ANGLICE, a currant bun--and a cup of coffee; and then I strolled on towards the Porte de Louvain.
Their idea of a square meal is a pound and a half of roast beef with five or six good-sized potatoes (soapy ones preferred as being more substantial), plenty of greens, and four thick slices of Yorkshire pudding, followed by a couple of currant dumplings, a few green apples, a pen'orth of nuts, half a dozen jumbles, and a bottle of ginger-beer.
After a velvety oyster soup came shad and cucumbers, then a young broiled turkey with corn fritters, followed by a canvas-back with currant jelly and a celery mayonnaise.
Some had raisins for eyes and currant buttons on their clothes; others had eyes of cloves and legs of stick cinnamon, and many wore hats and bonnets frosted pink and green.
It was a Saturday, and Praskovya Mikhaylovna was herself mixing dough for currant bread such as the serf-cook on her father's estate used to make so well.