Etymology
Advertisement

Detroit

city in Michigan, U.S., from French détroit, literally "straits," from Old French destreit (12c.), from Latin districtum, neuter of districtus (see district (n.)). A French fort was built there 1701. By 1918 the city name was synonymous with "U.S. automobile manufacturing."

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of Detroit

Detroit (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;
Synonyms: Motor City / Motown
From wordnet.princeton.edu