- a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
- an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.
- to make a detour; go by way of a detour.
- to cause to make a detour.
- to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.
Origin of detour
Examples from the Web for detour
The ice cream remains reason enough to detour off I-84 for a visit to this mid-20th century gem.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
I will detour for a moment because this where I often see interviewers and pundits roll their eyes.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.
February 7, 2014
On the way to the West Bank, perhaps you could take a detour to visit some of the African neighborhoods in Tel Aviv.Alicia Keys: Come Visit Palestine
June 11, 2013
I knew what I wanted to do, and college just felt like a detour.Shoshanna No More: Zosia Mamet of ‘Girls’ On Her New Off-Broadway Play
February 17, 2013
Michel's rise was so rapid that the Israeli Knesset episode stood out as a detour, a rare false note.Bush's Ghostwriter
March 9, 2010
"Some detour," the scoutmaster said with an air of infinite relief.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The tide had come in and I had to make quite a detour to get to you.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Sarka had noted where the end of it had been, and started to detour, his eyes on the floor.
These hills are exceedingly varied, so that the detour of the place is very pleasing.A Tour in Ireland
Hastily mounting a mule he made a detour of the straw stack and reported.Old Rail Fence Corners
- a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action
- to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action
Word Origin and History for detour
1738, from French détour, from Old French destor "side road, byway; evasion, excuse," from destorner "turn aside," from des- "aside" + tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)).
1836 (intransitive); 1905 (transitive), from detour (n.). Related: Detoured; detouring.