verb (used with object)
- to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
- to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
- to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
- (tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
1630s, “pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel,” originally an alchemical term, from French décanter, perhaps from Medieval Latin decanthare “to pour from the edge of a vessel,” from de- + Medieval Latin canthus “corner, lip of a jug,” from Latin cantus, canthus “iron rim around a carriage wheel.” Related: Decanted; decanting.