- A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.
- A holding of a person in custody or confinement by authorities for political or military reasons.
- A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.
- A keeping in custody; confinement.
- An enforced delay.
When you are locked up in prison for a short period of time as punishment, this is an example of detention.
When you are made to stay after school because you did something wrong, this is an example of detention.
Origin of detention
- Middle English detencioun act of withholding from Anglo-Norman from Latin dētentiō dētentiōn- from dētentus past participle of dētinēre to detain detain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French détention.