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[dih-troit] /dɪˈtrɔɪt/
a city in SE Michigan, on the Detroit River.
a river in SE Michigan, flowing S from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie, forming part of the boundary between the U.S. and Canada. About 32 miles (52 km) long.
the U.S. automobile industry. Unabridged
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  • My folks went to Detroit when I was a little codger and they both died there.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • As arranged before we left Detroit, we were to go up the Mississippi River.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The organization will aim to direct negro sentiment and support along lines of best interests for Detroit.

  • There's a man I have my eye on out in Detroit, a fellow with millions, and an Irishman.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • With horses the journey to Detroit for supplies was not such an impossible undertaking as it would seem to-day.

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British Dictionary definitions for Detroit


a city in SE Michigan, on the Detroit River: a major Great Lakes port; largest car-manufacturing centre in the world. Pop: 911 402 (2003 est)
a river in central North America, flowing along the US-Canadian border from Lake St Clair to Lake Erie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Detroit

city in Michigan, U.S., from French détroit, literally "straits," from Old French destreit (12c.), from Latin districtum, neuter of districtus. French fort built there 1701. By 1918 the city name was synonymous with "U.S. automobile manufacturing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Detroit in Culture

Detroit definition

Largest city in Michigan.

Note: As the center of automobile production, it is often referred to as the “Motor City” or “Motown.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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