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[dih-kan-ter] /dɪˈkæn tər/
a vessel, usually an ornamental glass bottle, for holding and serving wine, brandy, or the like.
a bottle used for decanting.
Origin of decanter
First recorded in 1705-15; decant + -er1 Unabridged
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  • The bartender winked at Yates as he shoved the decanter over to the newcomer.

  • Let it stand till it is quite cold; then strain it, and put it into a decanter.

  • His last touch was to supplement the decanter of sherry with a bottle of vodka.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He took the decanter of water from the hands of his wife and poured out a glassful.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • He dropped into a chair and felt about half blindly for the decanter.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • And yet, after I had left the room you emptied the decanter.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • He took the stopper out of the decanter and deliberately raised it to his nostrils.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • Iredale produced a decanter and glasses and a carafe of water.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for decanter


a stoppered bottle, usually of glass, into which a drink, such as wine, is poured for serving
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Word Origin and History for decanter

vessel for decanting liquors, 1715, agent noun from decant.

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