Someone decants a bottle of wine.
When you pour wine from its bottle into a nice glass container, this is an example of a time when you decant.
- to pour off (a liquid, as wine) gently without stirring up the sediment
- to pour from one container into another
Origin of decantFrench décanter from Medieval Latin decanthare from Classical Latin de-, from + cant(h)us: see cant
transitive verbde·cant·ed, de·cant·ing, de·cants
- To pour off (wine, for example) without disturbing the sediment.
- To pour (a liquid) from one container into another.
- To aerate (a wine) by pouring it into a spacious vessel and leaving it exposed to the air for a period of time: decanted the wine for twenty minutes before serving.
Origin of decantMedieval Latin dēcanthāre Latin dē- de- Latin canthus rim of a wheel or vessel ( of Celtic origin )
(third-person singular simple present decants, present participle decanting, simple past and past participle decanted)
From French décanter