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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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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."

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detroit in Culture


Largest city in Michigan.


As the center of automobile production, it is often referred to as the “Motor City” or “Motown.”
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