de·​cant·​er | \ di-ˈkan-tər How to pronounce decanter (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web There is a toiletry decanter, discovered on a lower deck, whose contents have still not been identified. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Shipwreck Yields Artifacts of Missing Seafarers in Canada’s Arctic," 20 Feb. 2020 Bordeaux also features the Cité du Vin wine museum, opened in 2016 and built to resemble wine swirling in a decanter. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Bordeaux is the original ‘wine blend,’ but it’s more contemporary and affordable than you might think," 13 Mar. 2020 Woodford Reserve last year debuted a bourbon that had been aged in cognac barrels and sold in a fancy decanter at a price of $1,500 per bottle. John Kell, Fortune, "Whiskey makers are bending the rules for barrel-aging, signaling a new wave for bourbon," 29 Mar. 2020 Crystal decanter and silver pheasant from Nelson & Nelson Antiques. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "When Did Gluttony Become So Glamorous?," 21 Feb. 2020 Most glass decanters or carafes were originally made for holding liquor or wine. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "5 old-school table accessories get hip for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2019 Decant: Opening a bottle and pouring it in a decanter isn't just for expensive, old wines. cleveland, "10 wines to toast National Drink Wine Day," 18 Feb. 2020 Each decanter holds 26 ounces of his favorite spirit and includes four different design options that display his name or initials. NBC News, "Best Valentine's Day gifts for him (or them) 2020," 30 Jan. 2020 For improving a wine’s flavor, however, the glass is more important than a decanter. Washington Post, "To heighten wine’s flavors, you need the right glass. But you only need one.," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of decanter

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Decanter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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


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: an ornamental glass bottle used especially for serving wine

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