currant

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noun cur·rant \ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of currant

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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of currant

Middle English raison of Coraunte, literally, raisin of Corinth


CURRANT Defined for English Language Learners

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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

currant

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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



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