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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Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Australia, $30 Winemaker Bruce Dukes has crafted an elegant, plush New World-style cabernet that explodes with ripe flavors of blackberries, currants and blueberries. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Floral and lush, this $12 South African white wine blend blossoms in your glass," 14 June 2019 Take a simple, classic snickerdoodle, and add floral cardamom with just a handful of currants. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 sweet treats that taste better in a cast-iron pan," 10 June 2019 Add olive oil, garlic, currants, chile flakes, lemon and zucchini. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Use leftover salmon for this fresh pasta with currants and fried capers," 6 June 2019 The collection includes four $12 Body Washes: Dignity (a creamy blend of charcoal and cotton blossom), Hope (a soothing aloe and avocado gel cleanser), Joy (with a citrus and honeysuckle scent), and Strength (a ginger and currant blend). Marci Robin, Allure, "Right to Shower Is the New Brand Ensuring Homeless People Have Access to Hygiene Services," 20 Apr. 2019 Stir in currants and caraway seeds, then buttermilk until flour is evenly moistened. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Soda Bread," 6 Feb. 2019 From Quiessence 9 white currant tomatoes 2 ounces Avion Anejo Tequila ½ ounce agave 1 ounce lime juice 1 ounce watermelon juice Ice Preparation: In a cocktail shaker, muddle tomatoes with the tequila. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 Other possibilities: star fruit, kiwi berries and fresh currants from the farmers market. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant," 17 July 2018 The historic 1 1/4-mile race was originally 1 1/2 miles before the currant distance was established in 1896. 2. ELLE Decor, "7 Things You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby," 30 Apr. 2015

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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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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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