Definition of private detective noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

private detective

 noun
noun
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
(also private investigator)(informal private eye) Solving crime
 
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a detective who is not in the police, but who can be employed to find out information, find a missing person, follow somebody, etc. See related entries: Solving crime
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: private detective