[ kur-uh nt, kuhr- ]
/ ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr- /


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

1300–50; shortened from Middle English raysons of Coraunte raisins of Corinth, the port in Greece from which they orig. came

Can be confused

currant current (see synonym study at current) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for currant


/ (ˈkʌrənt) /


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 for currant

C16: shortened from rayson of Corannte raisin of Corinth
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