Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

currant

play
noun cur·rant \ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt\

Simple Definition of currant

  • : a small seedless raisin that is used in baking and cooking

  • : a small red, black, or white berry that is often used in making jams and jellies

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of currant

  1. 1 :  a small seedless raisin grown chiefly in the Levant

  2. 2 :  the acid edible fruit of various shrubs (genus Ribes) placed in either the saxifrage or gooseberry family; also :  a plant bearing currants

Origin and Etymology of currant

Middle English raison of Coraunte, literally, raisin of Corinth


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with currant


CURRANT Defined for Kids

currant

play
noun cur·rant \ˈkər-ənt\

Definition of currant for Students

  1. 1 :  a small seedless raisin used in baking and cooking

  2. 2 :  a sour red, white, or black edible berry that is often used in making jams and jellies




Learn More about currant


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up currant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to destroy or remove completely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

vernal hiemal estival brumal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ