Definition of currant in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Tuna tartare, served in hollowed-out lemons, is vitalized with an unexpected foursome of currants, pine nuts, fava beans, and sun-dried tomatoes.’
    • ‘Mix in the bread crumbs, currants, pine nuts and 1/2 of the grated carrot.’
    • ‘Oatmeal or kasha with currants and fresh fruit made for tasty breakfast fare, but one morning I craved protein and was cheerfully brought a plate full of scrambled eggs upon request.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combine the butter, sultanas, currants, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and water in a saucepan.’
    • ‘With leeks, currants, and cranberries, it's such a treat.’
    • ‘Now, the true Bath bun is soft, like a marriage between a brioche and an Easter hot-cross, but encrusted with currants and gritty nibs of sugar.’
    • ‘It was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine and mixed spices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year I made one based very vaguely on her recipe, using raisins, currants, cherries, home-made candied lemon and orange peels, and an apple and a pear.’
    • ‘I experiment with a cherry currant port sauce to put over a dessert.’
    • ‘Dried fruits such as currants or sultanas are frequently added to this basic mix.’
    • ‘This year, carve a buttery, cider-glazed version showcased with roasted apples and eye-catching grapes and currants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I'm lost,’ she tells a policeman plaintively and then she sings a song so beautifully she is given a currant bun as a reward.’
    • ‘This potato and chickpea paste is rolled out like dough and filled with sautéed onion, pinenuts, currants, allspice, and tahini.’
    • ‘I pass it on to you only on the condition that you try making it first with something neat and non-wet, such as raisins, currants, dried apricots, citrus zest, or candied ginger.’
    • ‘The fruit content is no longer confined to currants, sultanas and raisins.’
    • ‘The dough was rolled and folded several times around chunks of fat to create rich layers, each fortified with a healthy dose of sugar, currants, and dried fruit.’
    • ‘The porter gives the cake a dark complexity that complements the sweetness of the raisins and currants, as well as the bitterness of the mixed peel.’
  • 2A Eurasian shrub which produces small edible black, red, or white berries.

    Genus Ribes, family Grossulariaceae: several species, including blackcurrant and redcurrant

    • ‘Along the walls and raised beds I planted ferns, vine maple, Indian plum, ocean spray, snowberry, currants, and other low-maintenance shrubs.’
    • ‘Screens made from bamboo and birch branches as well as plantings (golden currant, white abutilon, and New Zealand flax) create privacy.’
    • ‘You also might want to experiment with some specialized design techniques, such as using pruning to create a pleached tunnel of ironwood trees or a living fence of espalier currants.’
    • ‘Some currants are host to the White pine blister rust, and should not be planted near white pines.’
    • ‘Fruit trees such as apples, currants and gooseberries should do well and, to be more exotic, you could try nectarines and cherries.’
    1. 2.1 A berry from a currant shrub.
      • ‘Botrytis is common on apples, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and currants, while vegetables affected include beans, brassicas, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, potatoes and celery and carrots in store.’
      • ‘Cabbage and carrot are also among the most important vegetable crops, while apples, pears, currants, strawberries and raspberries are the popular fruit crops.’
      • ‘Peaches, pears, cherries, plums, grapes, currants, and raspberries were also commonly grown.’
      • ‘These border beds might also be used for small fruits like currants or raspberries or for medicinal or flavoring herbs.’
      • ‘The field day will focus on grapes, although growing raspberries, currants, blackberries, plums, cherries, and Asian and European pears also will be discussed.’


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