ETYM Old Eng. currant, Old Fren. curant, corant, p. pr. of curre, corre, French courre, courir, to run, from Latin currere; perh. akin to Eng. horse. Related to Course, Concur, Courant, Coranto.
Occurring in or belonging to the present time.
ETYM French présent, Latin praesens,-entis, that is before one, in sight or at hand, p. p. of praeesse to be before; prae before + esse to be. Related to Essence.
1. Spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place.
2. (Grammar) A verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that exist at the moment.