verb (used with object)

  1. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
  2. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.


  1. to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
  2. (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.

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