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
Recent Examples of currant from the Web
Currant Ct., 618-David A. and Patrica D. Garino to Tracey L. Webster, $261,900.
From an intensely cool vineyard in the southern reaches of the Russian River Valley, this wine has gorgeous aromas of pink peppercorn, currant, plum and anise.
Boughs of cedar, white currant and flowering plum hung in bouquets from its corners, and its lip was decorated with prayer flags.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'currant'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of currant
Middle English raison of Coraunte, literally, raisin of Corinth
First Known Use: 14th century
CURRANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of currant for English Language Learners
: 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
CURRANT Defined for Kids
Definition of currant for Students
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
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).