Definition of detour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdiːtʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdiːtʊr//
    Motoring problems and accidents
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  1. 1a longer route that you take in order to avoid a problem or to visit a place We had to make a detour around the flooded fields. It's well worth making a detour to see the village. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  2. 2(North American English) (British English diversion) a road or route that is used when the usual one is closed
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent. (as a noun): from French détour ‘change of direction’, from détourner ‘turn away’.Extra examples The monument is well worth a detour. The ship made a detour to the south. Trucks now face a five-mile detour around the bridge. We had to make a lengthy detour through the backstreets.
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