Definition of decant in English:
- Reasons for decanting The most obvious reason for decanting a wine is to separate it from any sediment that has formed in the bottle which not only looks unappetizing in the glass, but usually tastes bitter and/or astringent.
- Award-winning chef David Wilson is a wine connoisseur, and he insists on all red wines being decanted as near as possible to their storage place, and as soon as they are taken off the rack.
- Just decant the wine by pouring it into a clean jug or decanter.
- The police car has decanted three or four cops, who are now quizzing a homeless guy who ‘lives’ opposite me.
- His commissions included compulsory land acquisition in the years immediately following the Second World War, when Swindon grew a great deal, largely due to an influx of people decanted from overcrowded areas of London.
- As a last resort, we could try bringing back 18th-century bathing machines - funny little huts on wheels, in which ladies were trundled into the surf and decanted into the sea with their modesty intact.
This is from medieval Latin decanthare, from the Latin prefix de- ‘away from’ and canthus ‘edge, rim’, a word used by the alchemists to denote the angular lip of a beaker. Greek kanthos ‘corner of the eye’ is the base.
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