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

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Recent Examples on the Web Cook the breasts for no more than 3-4 more minutes adding more currant sauce during that finishing grill time. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Cook Wild Duck Like a Real Chef (While Drinking Bourbon in Camp)," 3 Jan. 2020 The fare at the Bates House was second to none, with red-head duck and currant jelly and stewed diamondback terrapin on the menu. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019 Dressed in a Peter Pan-collared shirt, six-year-old George can be seen helping mix bowls of Christmas pudding ingredients, including currants, lemon peel, ginger, and poppy seeds, which represent the charity’s iconic symbol of remembrance. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Makes Christmas Puddings with Prince William, Prince Charles, and the Queen," 21 Dec. 2019 Savory pies and Christmas puddings All grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are toxic to dogs; as are foods that contain them – which means no mince pies for your pooch. 3. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "10 Christmas hazards all pet owners should be aware of," 12 Dec. 2019 Raisins, sultanas, currants and grapes, which can make pets very sick. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Study: 32% of Kentucky pet parents will spend more on pets than partners this Christmas," 4 Dec. 2019 The pies are full of apples, raisins, currants, pineapple, cherries, spices and, of course, brandy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A dozen of the best Thanksgiving pies you can buy around Indianapolis," 18 Nov. 2019 So there were our beds, speckled with currant-size turds and tufts of bloated, discolored insulation. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, "Hurricane Season," 25 Nov. 2019 For shade, consider one of the many flowering currants (Ribes). Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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“Currant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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