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 And, of course, Yoda's Blend (8.6%), brewed with a complex blend of hops featuring currant, spruce/pine and tropical notes. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 Michigan craft beer holiday packs to get you through the rest of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 My sunflowers, grown from seed and standing proud among my dumpy black-currant bushes and rampaging mint, do rather dominate my garden. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "On Sunflowers, with Love and Hate," 7 Oct. 2020 All the calorie-laden goodness of the Rustica mother ship on W. Lake Street in Minneapolis (oh, those currant scones), along with a long line of Dogwood Coffee beverages. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "30 Twin Cities restaurants that have opened during the coronavirus pandemic," 12 Aug. 2020 These will not work on the sawfly larvae that attack gooseberries and currants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Gardening season has arrived in Alaska. Do these chores now.," 14 May 2020 Add baking powder, xanthan gum, sugar, salt, and currants and mix until combined. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "No flour? No problem. How to bake with workarounds.," 6 May 2020 Add sour cream, flour, baking powder, salt and currants. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Testing recipes brought a steady stream of new dishes to my table. A few became favorites.," 7 Jan. 2020 Flip the breasts over and add the currant preserve reduction to the skin side. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Cook Wild Duck Like a Real Chef (While Drinking Bourbon in Camp)," 3 Jan. 2020 Small plates: lobster gratin with green plantain; roasted baby carrots; pork cracklings with aji amarillo; grilled cauliflower with jalapeno and currants; corn cakes with pork belly; and grilled octopus with smoky Peruvian chili sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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