de·​cant·​er | \di-ˈkan-tər, dē-\

Definition of decanter 

: a vessel used to decant or to receive decanted liquids especially : an ornamental glass bottle used for serving wine

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Examples of decanter in a Sentence

The waiter served us wine from an elegant decanter.

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The gleaming amber bottle that holds The Nue Co.’s Prebiotic + Probiotic resembles an expensive candle; the glossy black decanter of WelleCo. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 Vintage art, crystal art decanters, antique textiles. Washington Post, "Best friends take First State Flea market on the road," 6 July 2018 Made in partnership with Fabien Baron and Lalique, the whisky comes encased in a black crystal decanter. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's Latest $7,000 Whisky Will Be Sold in Numbered Bottles," 28 June 2018 The Macallan 72 Years Old will be available globally starting in September in 750ml decanters. Emily Price, Fortune, "The Macallan Unveils a 72-Year-Old Scotch, Its Oldest Whisky Ever Released," 4 June 2018 The lounge, immediately adjacent to the main room (separated by an etagere filled with elegant stemware and vintage crystal decanters), is a nice place to enjoy a drink, and Blvd’s cocktail program is strong. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Glam-rich Blvd is ready for its close-up," 24 May 2018 Only 600 of the decanters will be made, and each one will be priced at a staggering $60,000. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's New $186 Million Distillery Will Have 952 Bottles of Whisky to Taste," 23 May 2018 Sure the tour is nice, seeing where the rickhouse system was invented, admiring the collection of vintage whiskey bottles and decanters (some of which Perry donated). Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Carroll Perry was bourbon before bourbon was cool," 2 May 2018 That’s because extra añejo is tequila’s big stretch into the heady world of high-end brown spirits, an unabashedly flashy space crowded with Cognac in shiny crystal decanters, expensive decades-old Scotch and impossible-to-find single-cask bourbon. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Picking an Extra Añejo Tequila Takes Extra Care," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of decanter

1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of decanter

: a special glass bottle into which wine, whiskey, etc., is poured from its original bottle and from which it is served


de·​cant·​er | \di-ˈkan-tər \

Kids Definition of decanter

: an ornamental glass bottle used especially for serving wine

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