Definition of detenu in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈtenjuː/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also detenue)


A person held in custody; a detainee.
Example sentences
  • The team met a number of Kashmiri, Pakistani and Afghan detenues in Tihar jail where they are kept in ‘high security wards’.
  • What comes as an eye opener for those talking about peace is the recent set of reports by the Bar Association of Kashmir High Court who have questioned the treatment meted out to the detenues in various jails in and outside the state.
  • The bar president, during a press conference here, said some 400 detenues are presently lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail which include some 30 men from Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Early 19th century (in British use): from French détenu.

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