currant or current?

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between currant and current?

A currant is a small, dried, raisin-like fruit.
A current is a flow of water, air, or electricity.
Current means happening in the present.


The noun currant is a small dried fruit which is raisin-like and originally grown in the eastern Mediterranean region.

  • The currant is one of the oldest known raisins.
  • Currants are often used in scones, currant buns, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, and mincemeat.


As a noun, a current is a flow of water, air, or electricity that moves in a definite direction, usually in a swift manner. As an adjective, current means happening in the present or in general use. The adverb form is currently.

The adjective current is usually seen in the following phrases:
  • current affairs
  • current events
  • current debt
  • current gain
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. (Thomas Jefferson)
  • (Here, current describes a flow of water.)
  • We - the current generation - have a moral responsibility to make the world better for future generations. (Priscilla Chan)
  • (Here, current means present.)
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