- 1 [countable] a small individual fact or item; a less important fact or item an expedition planned down to the last detail He stood still, absorbing every detail of the street. Tell me the main points now; leave the details till later.
- 2 [uncountable] the small facts or features of something, when you consider them all together This issue will be discussed in more detail in the next chapter. The research has been carried out with scrupulous attention to detail. He had an eye for detail (= noticed and remembered small details). The fine detail of the plan has yet to be worked out.
- 3 details [plural] information about something Please supply the following details: name, age and sex. Further details and booking forms are available on request. They didn't give any details about the game. ‘We had a terrible time—’ ‘Oh, spare me the details (= don't tell me any more).’ small parts
- 4[countable, uncountable] a small part of a picture or painting; the smaller or less important parts of a picture, pattern, etc. when you consider them all together This is a detail from the 1844 Turner painting. a huge picture with a lot of detail in it See related entries: Describing art soldiers
- 5[countable] a group of soldiers given special duties Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘minor items or events regarded collectively’): from French détail (noun), détailler (verb), from dé- (expressing separation) + tailler