currant definition by Webster's New World
- the raisin of a small, seedless grape (a cultivar of Vitis vinifera) grown in the Mediterranean region, used in cooking
- the small, sour, red, white, or black berry of several species of hardy shrubs (genus Ribes) of the saxifrage family, used for jellies and jams
- a shrub bearing this fruit
Origin: Middle English corauns ; from (reisins of) Coraunce ; from Anglo-French (raisins de) Corauntz, (raisins of) Corinth: origin, originally imported from Corinth
currant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- The fruits of any of these plants, used for jams, jellies, desserts, or beverages.
- A small seedless raisin of the Mediterranean region, used chiefly in baking.
- Any of several other plants or their fruit.
Origin: From Middle English (raysons of) coraunte, (raisins of) Corinth, currants, from Anglo-Norman (raisins de) Corauntz, from Latin Corinthus, Corinth, from Greek Korinthos.