Definition of decant in English:


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transitive verb

[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In today's technologically correct wine era, there is little or no need to decant any wine - red, white or fortified.’
    • ‘Otis was decanting the left-over wine from the various bottles on the table into a Jerry can.’
    • ‘Any wine waiter worth his grapes will decant the wine before serving it.’
    • ‘I decanted the wine and turned on some dinner music when the doorbell rang.’
    • ‘You have to decant the wine for it to get the required air.’
    • ‘But my customers expect a little something extra, and when we decant the wines or present the cork, that's something they're willing to pay for.’
    • ‘But infinitely preferable is to buy a bottle of red wine, decant it into two scrupulously clean half bottles, keep in the cool and dark, and drink one before t'other.’
    • ‘After you have extracted the essence, you can decant the water into a brown bottle.’
    • ‘Use a funnel to decant the olive oil into the bottle.’
    • ‘You will get the best from this wine by decanting it at least an hour before drinking, and it should be left slightly warm.’
    • ‘Some wines should also be decanted for breathing.’
    • ‘This is why many red wines must be decanted before serving: to run the wine off from solid deposits.’
    • ‘Mrs Blower, 39, said she was speaking out to warn other pubs, hotels and restaurants to follow the instructions given with cleaning fluids and not to decant them into containers used for other purposes.’
    • ‘Our chosen red wine was decanted in front of us before being poured into our glasses.’
    • ‘My husband was, as always, in charge of drinks and music and once the small sherries had been decanted he selected some light inoffensive background dross.’
    • ‘If you're bringing in booze, decant it into plastic bottles and cups.’
    • ‘Even the waiters gathered momentum as the meal progressed, decanting the better Chardonnays and serving them in large Burgundy glasses.’
    pour out, pour off, draw off, siphon off, drain, tap, tip, discharge, transfer
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/dəˈkant/ /dəˈkænt/


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’.