Signs indicating a detour.
- The definition of a detour is a route that is different from the ordinary, often used when the direct route cannot be used.
An example of a detour is a side road that drivers must go down when the main road is closed.
- Detour is defined as to create or go down a route that is different than the usual route.
An example of detour is to travel down a dirt road when the main turnpike is closed.
- a roundabout way; deviation from a direct way
- a route used when the direct or regular route is closed to traffic
Origin of detourFrench détour, a turning, evasion from détourner, to turn aside from Old French destourner from des- (L dis-), away + tourner: see turn
- to cause to go by way of a detour
- to go around or avoid by using a detour; bypass
- A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
- A deviation from a direct course of action.
intr. & tr.v.de·toured, de·tour·ing, de·tours
Origin of detourFrench détour from Old French destor from destorner to turn away des- de- torner to turn ; see turn .
(third-person singular simple present detours, present participle detouring, simple past and past participle detoured)
- (intransitive) To make a detour.
- To direct or send on a detour.
From French détour, from détourner (“turn away”).