AskDefine | Define detour

Dictionary Definition

detour n : a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked) [syn: roundabout way] v : travel via a detour

User Contributed Dictionary



From French détour, from détourner ‘turn away’.




  1. A diversion or deviation from one's original route.


a diversion or deviation from one's original route


  1. To make a detour.
  2. To direct or send on a detour.


intransitive: to make a detour
transitive: to direct or send on a detour


Extensive Definition

Detour can refer to:
detour in German: Detour

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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