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Origin of decanter

First recorded in 1705–15; decant + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for decanter

flask, jug, carafe, container, pitcher, bottle, canteen, cruet, magnum

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British Dictionary definitions for decanter


  1. 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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