Definition of currant in English:



  • 1A small dried fruit made from a seedless variety of grape originally grown in the eastern Mediterranean region, now widely produced in California, and much used in cooking.

    as modifier ‘a currant bun’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I experiment with a cherry currant port sauce to put over a dessert.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Tuna tartare, served in hollowed-out lemons, is vitalized with an unexpected foursome of currants, pine nuts, fava beans, and sun-dried tomatoes.’
    • ‘This potato and chickpea paste is rolled out like dough and filled with sautéed onion, pinenuts, currants, allspice, and tahini.’
    • ‘With leeks, currants, and cranberries, it's such a treat.’
    • ‘This year, carve a buttery, cider-glazed version showcased with roasted apples and eye-catching grapes and currants.’
    • ‘Dried fruits such as currants or sultanas are frequently added to this basic mix.’
    • ‘Mix in the bread crumbs, currants, pine nuts and 1/2 of the grated carrot.’
    • ‘Combine the butter, sultanas, currants, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and water in a saucepan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fruit content is no longer confined to currants, sultanas and raisins.’
    • ‘It was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine and mixed spices.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A Eurasian shrub which produces small edible black, red, or white berries.

    • ‘Screens made from bamboo and birch branches as well as plantings (golden currant, white abutilon, and New Zealand flax) create privacy.’
    • ‘Some currants are host to the White pine blister rust, and should not be planted near white pines.’
    • ‘Along the walls and raised beds I planted ferns, vine maple, Indian plum, ocean spray, snowberry, currants, and other low-maintenance shrubs.’
    • ‘Fruit trees such as apples, currants and gooseberries should do well and, to be more exotic, you could try nectarines and cherries.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 A berry from a currant shrub.
      • ‘The field day will focus on grapes, although growing raspberries, currants, blackberries, plums, cherries, and Asian and European pears also will be discussed.’
      • ‘Peaches, pears, cherries, plums, grapes, currants, and raspberries were also commonly grown.’
      • ‘Cabbage and carrot are also among the most important vegetable crops, while apples, pears, currants, strawberries and raspberries are the popular fruit crops.’
      • ‘These border beds might also be used for small fruits like currants or raspberries or for medicinal or flavoring herbs.’
      • ‘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.’


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