[dih-teyld, dee-teyld]


having many details: a detailed problem.
thorough in the treatment of details; minute: a detailed report.

Nearby words

  1. detached retina,
  2. detachment,
  3. detachment of retina,
  4. detail,
  5. detail drawing,
  6. detailer,
  7. detailing,
  8. detain,
  9. detainee,
  10. detainer

Origin of detailed

First recorded in 1730–40; detail + -ed2

Related forms


[noun dih-teyl, dee-teyl; verb dih-teyl or for 13, dee-teyl]


an individual or minute part; an item or particular.
particulars collectively; minutiae.
attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts: to postpone detail and concentrate on a subject as a whole.
intricate, finely wrought decoration.
Engineering. detail drawing.
any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit.
  1. an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
  2. the party or person so selected: the kitchen detail.
  3. a particular assignment of duty.
the property of an image or of a method of image production to make small, closely spaced image elements individually distinguishable.

verb (used with object)

to relate or report with complete particulars; tell fully and distinctly.
to mention one by one; specify; list: He detailed the events leading up to the robbery.
Military. to appoint or assign for some particular duty: We were detailed to patrol the border.
to provide with intricate, finely wrought decoration: lingerie detailed with lace and embroidery.
to thoroughly clean (a vehicle or part of a vehicle) and do minor repairs to improve its appearance: We detail the wheels and chrome to remove the rust.

Origin of detail

1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, noun derivative of detailler ‘to cut in pieces’, equivalent to de- dis-1 + tailler ‘to cut’ < Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor1

Related formspre·de·tail, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for detailed



having many details or giving careful attention to detailsa detailed list of the ingredients required



an item or smaller part that is considered separately; particular
an item or circumstance that is insignificant or unimportantpassengers' comfort was regarded as a detail
treatment of or attention to items or particularsthis essay includes too much detail
items collectively; particulars
a small or accessory section or element in a painting, building, statue, etc, esp when considered in isolation
  1. the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
  2. the personnel selected
  3. the duty or assignment
go into detail to include all or most particulars
in detail including all or most particulars or items thoroughly

verb (tr)

to list or relate fully
military to select (personnel) for a specific duty
to decorate or elaborate (carving, etc) with fine delicate drawing or designs

Word Origin for detail

C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis- 1 + tailler to cut; see tailor

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Word Origin and History for detailed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with detailed


see in detail.

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