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verb (used with object)
  1. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
  2. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
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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
Related formsde·can·ta·tion [dee-kan-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi kænˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Suffer them to stand together one hour, then decant the liquor.

  • After most of the curd has settled, decant as much as possible of the fat.

British Dictionary definitions for decant


  1. to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
  2. (tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
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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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