- an appointment or assignment, as of a small group or an officer, for a special task.
- the party or person so selected: the kitchen detail.
- a particular assignment of duty.
verb (used with object)
Origin of detail
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Examples from the Web for details
Contemporary Examples of details
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Everything you need to know about the U.S.-Cuba thaw, from the details of the deal to when you can book your ticket to Havana.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
The creative team behind the new My Lai project is working out the details for set design.The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera
December 17, 2014
Translators—many of whom came by boat themselves—work through the crowds with Italian authorities to take down names and details.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of details
His grasp of details delighted Uncle Peter and surprised Coplen.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When he entered he had only to pause a moment before he had all the details clearly in mind.Way of the Lawless
In the beginning it was incredulous about some of the details.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
When the details were explained to him Mike declared, emphatically, that some one had got at the mare.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
There are other details I might mention—that cane, for instance—but let it pass.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- the act of assigning personnel for a specific duty, esp a fatigue
- the personnel selected
- the duty or assignment
Word Origin for detail
1630s, from French détailler "cut up in pieces; narrate in particulars," from Old French detaillier, from detail (see detail (n.)). Related: Detailed; detailing.
c.1600, from French détail, from Old French detail "small piece or quantity," literally "a cutting in pieces," from detaillier "cut in pieces," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + taillier "to cut in pieces" (see tailor).
Modern sense is from French en détail "piece by piece, item by item" (as opposed to en gros), a commercial term used where we would today use retail. Military sense is 1708, from notion of "distribution in detail of the daily orders first given in general," including assignment of specific duties.
see in detail.