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

  • 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.

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  • proper n. The largest city and former capital of Michigan, a major port on the Detroit River, known as the traditional automotive center of the U.S.
  • proper n. The United States automotive industry.

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

  • n. the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor


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From French détroit (“strait”) in Rivière du Détroit (Detroit River)



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