- 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.
Signs indicating a detour.
detour definition by Webster's New World
- a roundabout way; deviation from a direct way
- a route used when the direct or regular route is closed to traffic
Origin: French détour, a turning, evasion ; from détourner, to turn aside ; from Old French destourner ; from des- (L dis-), away plush tourner: see turn
- ☆ to cause to go by way of a detour
- to go around or avoid by using a detour; bypass
detour definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
- A deviation from a direct course of action.
Origin: French détour, from Old French destor, from destorner, to turn away : des-, de- + torner, to turn; see turn.