cur·​rant | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce currant (audio) , 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

Examples of currant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bitters Lab makes five core bitters flavors — including (from left) aromatic, charred cedar and currant, habanero lime, blueberry cardamom and burnt honey hops — in the company's Salt Lake City kitchen, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Decent tannins emerge in this wine, which has notes of blackberry and blueberry with currant and a dry finish. cleveland, 12 June 2022 Slight smoke, some menthol, black cherry and a bit of currant. cleveland, 15 May 2022 Starting with rosé, here is a style of Champagne that stands out if only for its color, which ranges from pale orange to deep currant. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 This has infused this decadent liquid with notes of blackberries, currant and almond, that complement a background of vanilla and tropical fruit. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2021 Consider varieties that supply food and shelter to birds, such as sumac, elderberry, flowering currant and mock orange. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 There are several examples of Chianti Classico made here; the 2019 annata is a beauty, with appealing morel cherry and currant aromas backed by very good acidity and supple tannins. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Hummers will also be attracted to Ribes malvaceum, or chaparral currant. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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cur·​rant | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce currant (audio) \

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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