The definition of a detour is a route that is different from the ordinary, often used when the direct route cannot be used.(noun)
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.(verb)
An example of detour is to travel down a dirt road when the main turnpike is closed.
See detour in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr détour, a turning, evasion < détourner, to turn aside < OFr destourner < des- (L dis-), away + tourner: see turn
See detour in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French détour
Origin: , from Old French destor
Origin: , from destorner, to turn away
Origin: : des-, de-
Origin: + torner, to turn; see turn.
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