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small dried seedless grape
Not to be confused with:
current – belonging to the present time; steady movement of water; flow of electric charge
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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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


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]
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(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]
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- Developed from Middle English raison of Corauntz, "a raisin of Corinth," from where the fruit came.
See also related terms for raisin.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.



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.
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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
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kúrennarifsber, sólber
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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)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈkʌrənt] nraisin m de Corinthe, raisin m seccurrant bun npetit pain m aux raisins
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= dried fruit)Korinthe f
(Bot) → Johannisbeere f; currant bushJohannisbeerstrauch m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈkʌrnt] n (dried grape) → uva passa; (bush, fruit) → ribes m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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).
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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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She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.
I doe now publish my Essayes; which, of all my other workes, have beene most Currant: For that, as it seemes, they come home, to Mens Businesse, and Bosomes.
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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.
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.
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.
The old grass looked greener, and the young grass thrust up its tiny blades; the buds of the guelder-rose and of the currant and the sticky birch-buds were swollen with sap, and an exploring bee was humming about the golden blossoms that studded the willow.
'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?' said Steerforth.
Morrel, to aid Dantes, he had shut himself up with two bottles of black currant brandy, in the hope of drowning reflection.
On the Jersey side my master said to a stranger who stood eating a currant bun:
The morning that Dickon--after they had been enjoying themselves in the garden for about two hours--went behind a big rosebush and brought forth two tin pails and revealed that one was full of rich new milk with cream on the top of it, and that the other held cottage-made currant buns folded in a clean blue and white napkin, buns so carefully tucked in that they were still hot, there was a riot of surprised joyfulness.