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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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Related Words for decanted

draft, empty

Examples from the Web for decanted

Historical Examples of decanted

  • What remains in the liquid to be decanted is mostly glass mud and not emery at all.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • Less'n a minute and a half by the clock she'd been in there, but she certainly had decanted the beans.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • This will dissolve out most of the chloride, and should be decanted off.

  • This, in its turn, after the oxide has been well stirred, should be decanted off.

  • Cartesianism was too strong a wine to be decanted into old bottles.

British Dictionary definitions for decanted


  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 for decant

C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
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Word Origin and History for decanted



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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