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[dih-kant] /dɪˈkænt/
verb (used with object)
to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
Origin of decant
1625-35; < Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + Medieval Latin canth(us) spout, rim of a vessel (Latin: iron band round a wheel < Greek kánthos corner of the eye, tire) + -āre infinitive suffix
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[dee-kan-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi kænˈteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decant
  • But when they got home they had to find a way to decant it.
  • Feel free to ask the sommelier to decant your bottle.
  • She gave a demonstration of how to open wine, how to decant and how to taste.
  • Mix well and decant into a clean bottle to refrigerate.
  • Diners can also bring a bottle of wine and the restaurant will decant it.
  • We shouldn't so readily want to decant our generations for that world.
  • Beach decant sites are areas where dredge material containing a large amount of water is deposited.
  • Add a second charge of water to the sample in the washing container and stir, agitate, and decant.
  • Twin box riser weirs with composite weir boards will be employed for the decant water system.
British Dictionary definitions for decant


to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
(transitive) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
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Word Origin and History for decant

1630s, "pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel," originally an alchemical term, from French décanter, perhaps from Medieval Latin decanthare "to pour from the edge of a vessel," from de- + Medieval Latin canthus "corner, lip of a jug," from Latin cantus, canthus "iron rim around a carriage wheel." Related: Decanted; decanting.

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