Detroit etymology


English word Detroit comes from Latin dis-, Latin stringere, and later Latin districtus (Busy, stretched (pulled in different directions).)

Etymology of Detroit

Detailed word origin of Detroit

Dictionary entry Language Definition
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
stringere Latin (lat)
distringere Latin (lat)
districtus Latin (lat) Busy, stretched (pulled in different directions).
détroit French (fr) Strait (narrow channel of water).
Detroit English (en) (by metonymy) The United States automotive industry.. 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. It is the county seat of Wayne County.

Words with the same origin as Detroit

Descendants of stringere