detective

noun

  • 1

    A person, especially a police officer, whose occupation is to investigate and solve crimes.

Dialects

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Origin

Mid 19th century: from detect. The noun was originally short for detective policeman, from an adjectival use of the word in the sense ‘serving to detect’.

Pronunciation

  • detective /dɪˈtɛktɪv/