Definition of decant in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈkant/


[with object]
Gradually pour (liquid, typically wine or a solution) from one container into another, especially without disturbing the sediment: the wine was decanted about 40 minutes before being served
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  • 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.
pour off, draw off, siphon off, drain, tap;


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin decanthare, from Latin de- 'away from' + canthus 'edge, rim' (used to denote the angular lip of a beaker), from Greek kanthos 'corner of the eye'.

  • 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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Syllabification: de·cant

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