de·​cant·​er di-ˈkan-tər How to pronounce decanter (audio)
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Understanding how the subject faces change, and adapts to it, determines the element and the decanter’s tonality. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 Coasters, barrel-aged maple syrups, and the odd decanter tend to pile up; American whiskey, Japanese whisky and bottles from Scotland fill the bar cart. G. Clay Whittaker, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2023 The store’s gift selection includes decanter sets, carry-on cocktail kits and needlepoint flasks. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 For example, displaying the old decanters sitting at the back of your cabinet on a sideboard will give your kitchen an instant refresh. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Dec. 2023 That might seem kind of young, especially given the collectible nature of these whiskeys that come in fancy decanters and sell for hundreds of dollars on the secondary market. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 10 Dec. 2023 Each decanter is decorated with the same artwork—picks, spades and a two peso coin from Sarabia’s birth year on the front, and drawings of a parrot, rooster, and she-goat goat on the back inspired by the folk art of Sinoloa where Sarabia’s family is from. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 The brand’s decanters are now also marketed as a valuable generational heirloom, being passed down the family line, not unlike a Patek Philippe watch. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 This whiskey decanter globe set is so impressive with its stunning details. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decanter was in 1708

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“Decanter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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de·​cant·​er di-ˈkant-ər How to pronounce decanter (audio)
: an ornamental glass bottle used especially for serving wine

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