cur·​rant | \ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of currant 

1 : a small seedless raisin originally grown chiefly in the eastern Mediterranean

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

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Other possibilities: star fruit, kiwi berries and fresh currants from the farmers market. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant," 17 July 2018 The historic 1 1/4-mile race was originally 1 1/2 miles before the currant distance was established in 1896. 2. ELLE Decor, "7 Things You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby," 30 Apr. 2015 Her other staples: spaghetti Bolognese and a Moroccan three-rice dish with currants. New York Times, "How to Host a Dinner Party, and Also Enjoy It. Really.," 5 July 2018 Vitamin C, a group led by trumpeter Chalis O’Neal, collaborated on au currant jazz at Black Dolphin. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Built to Spill, Social Distortion fittingly end great music day at Middle of the Map," 1 July 2018 Executive chef John daSilva served steak tartare, whipped baccala, and pureed eggplant studded with currants. Kara Baskin,, "Keeping the spirit alive at Somerville’s Spoke Wine Bar," 5 June 2018 Sauté ¼ cup diced onion with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 3 to 4 minutes, and add ½ cup cooked barley, ¼ cup lentils, 1 Tbsp currants, 1 tsp pine nuts, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Redbook, "The Foodie Cleanse: Day 7," 7 Jan. 2014 Drain the currants and add them as well, along with the parsley, lemon zest and juice. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2015 ($25, 13.9%): A fresh, light, delicate wine, with juicy flavors of blackberry and currant, plus lift from orange peel. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of currant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for currant

back-formation from earlier corawnce, currantes, ellipsis from Middle English reysouns of corans, borrowed from Anglo-French raisins de Curance "raisins of Corinth," from Corinth, Greece

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English Language Learners 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


cur·​rant | \ˈkər-ənt \

Kids Definition of currant

1 : a small seedless raisin used in baking and cooking

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

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