[ dee-toor, dih-toor ]
See synonyms for: detourdetoureddetouring on

  1. a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.

  2. an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a detour; go by way of a detour.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to make a detour.

  2. to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.

Origin of detour

1730–40 <French détour,Old French destor, derivative of destorner to turn aside, equivalent to des-de- + torner to turn

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British Dictionary definitions for detour


/ (ˈdiːtʊə) /

  1. a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action

  1. to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action

Origin of detour

C18: from French détour, from Old French destorner to divert, turn away, from des- de- + torner to turn

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