city in SE Mich., on the Detroit River: pop. 951,000
river flowing south from Lake St. Clair into Lake Erie: c. 31 mi (50 km)
< Fr détroit, strait: first applied to the river
See Detroit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A city of southeast Michigan opposite Windsor, Ontario, on the Detroit River. Founded by French settlers in 1701, Detroit became known as “the automobile capital of the world” in the early 20th century. Population: 871,000.