- a small seedless raisin, produced chiefly in California and in the Levant, and used in cookery and confectionery.
- the small, edible, acid, round fruit or berry of certain wild or cultivated shrubs of the genus Ribes.
- the shrub itself.
- any of various similar fruits or shrubs.
Origin of currant
Examples from the Web for currant
Barkeley came up with the idea for The Daily Currant after a few other career tracks failed to pan out.The Daily Currant Moves In on The Onion’s Turf
March 12, 2013
Pour the currant sauce over the dish, garnish with the fresh oregano or parsley, and serve.Roast Chicken, Eggplant Pancakes, Cranberry-Walnut Tart
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
The procedure in this case is the same as for currant jelly.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Always have some currant jelly on the table to eat with roast mutton.
It will be the better for adding a glass of currant wine also.
Somewhere among the currant bushes was a sound of eery laughter.
I was close before I saw him, for he was sitting down and the currant bushes were between.
- a small dried seedless grape of the Mediterranean region, used in cooking
- any of several mainly N temperate shrubs of the genus Ribes, esp R. rubrum (redcurrant) and R. nigrum (blackcurrant): family GrossulariaceaeSee also gooseberry (def. 1)
- the small acid fruit of any of these plants
Word Origin and History for currant
c.1500, from raysyn of Curans (mid-14c.) "raisins of Corinth," with the -s- mistaken for a plural inflection. From Anglo-French reisin de Corauntz. The small, seedless raisins were exported from southern Greece. Then in 1570s the word was applied to an unrelated Northern European berry (genus Ribes), recently introduced in England, on its resemblance to the raisins.