Definition of currant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌr(ə)nt/


1A small dried fruit made from a small seedless variety of grape originally grown in the eastern Mediterranean region and much used in cooking: [as modifier]: a currant bun
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  • The domesticated grapevine provides fresh fruit, dried raisins, sultanas and currants (according to the vine variety), wine, vinegar, grape juice, and a light salad oil obtained by crushing the pips.
  • Aim for several small meals with suitable snacks such as mini savoury sandwiches, a currant bun, fruit or vegetables or unsweetened breakfast cereal in between meals to meet your child's nutritional needs.
  • The truly delectable dessert is prepared with currants (small seedless raisin) that are grown in Europe, the US and Chile and is said to be rich in vitamin C and minerals.
2A Eurasian shrub which produces small edible black, red, or white berries.
  • Genus Ribes, family Grossulariaceae: several species, including blackcurrant and redcurrant
Example sentences
  • Some currants are host to the White pine blister rust, and should not be planted near white pines.
  • Screens made from bamboo and birch branches as well as plantings (golden currant, white abutilon, and New Zealand flax) create privacy.
  • Along the walls and raised beds I planted ferns, vine maple, Indian plum, ocean spray, snowberry, currants, and other low-maintenance shrubs.
2.1A berry from a currant shrub.
Example sentences
  • Peaches, pears, cherries, plums, grapes, currants, and raspberries were also commonly grown.
  • The field day will focus on grapes, although growing raspberries, currants, blackberries, plums, cherries, and Asian and European pears also will be discussed.
  • Cabbage and carrot are also among the most important vegetable crops, while apples, pears, currants, strawberries and raspberries are the popular fruit crops.


Middle English raisons of Corauntz, translating Anglo-Norman French raisins de Corauntz 'grapes of Corinth' (the original source).

  • This comes from the phrase raisons of Corauntz, translating Anglo-Norman French raisins de Corauntz ‘grapes of Corinth’, which was their original source.

Words that rhyme with currant

blackcurrant, concurrent, current, occurrent, redcurrant
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