a city in SE Michigan, on the Detroit River.
a river in SE Michigan, flowing S from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie, forming part of the boundary between the U.S. and Canada. About 32 miles (52 km) long.
the U.S. automobile industry. Unabridged
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Detroit (dɪˈtrɔɪt)
1.  a city in SE Michigan, on the Detroit River: a major Great Lakes port; largest car-manufacturing centre in the world. Pop: 911 402 (2003 est)
2.  a river in central North America, flowing along the US-Canadian border from Lake St Clair to Lake Erie

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Word Origin & History

from Fr., lit. "straits," from O.Fr. destreit (12c.), from L. districtum, neut. of districtus. Fr. fort built there 1701.
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Detroit definition

Largest city in Michigan.

Note: As the center of automobile production, it is often referred to as the “Motor City” or “Motown.”
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Published despatches by brock relating to the capture of fort detroit.
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