- 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
Examples from the Web for decant
Strain, allow grounds to settle, decant, and add one cup of sugar.American Cookery
Miss Recompense was about to decant some of her preparations.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
When you decant it, be careful not to disturb the settlings at the bottom of the pan.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
Suffer them to stand together one hour, then decant the liquor.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
After most of the curd has settled, decant as much as possible of the fat.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants
Edwin M. Bruce
- to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
- (tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
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.