- 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)
Origin of Detroit; from French détroit, strait: first applied to the river
A city of southeast Michigan on the Detroit River, a waterway, about 50 km (30 mi) long, marking the Canadian border between Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Founded by French settlers in 1701, Detroit was the center of the US automobile industry in the 1900s.