- 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.
- 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.
- routed, toured
From French détour, from détourner (“turn away”).