from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
  • n. A deviation from a direct course of action.
  • transitive v. To go or cause to go by a roundabout way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A diversion or deviation from one's original route.
  • v. To make a detour.
  • v. To direct or send on a detour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A turning; a circuitous route; a deviation from a direct course.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A turning; a roundabout or circuitous way; deviation from the direct or shortest road or route.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
  • v. travel via a detour


French détour, from Old French destor, from destorner, to turn away : des-, de- + torner, to turn; see turn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French détour, from détourner ‘turn away’. (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.