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Definition of "currant" [cur•rant]

  • Any of various deciduous, spineless shrubs of the genus Ribes, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having flowers in racemes and edible, variously colored berries. (noun)
  • The fruits of any of these plants, used for jams, jellies, desserts, or beverages. (noun)
  • A small seedless raisin of the Mediterranean region, used chiefly in baking. (noun)
  • Any of several other plants or their fruit. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "currant" in a sentence
  • "The white bordered by the red currant is also down the side of the chest of the shirt."
  • "Mr. Red House made a speech after dinner, and said drink to the health of everybody, one after the other, in currant wine, which was done, beginning with Mrs. Bax and ending with H.O. Then he said –"
  • "I 'm sure there 's nothing in currant jelly or tea to hurt you."