- 1A person, especially a police officer, whose occupation is to investigate and solve crimes: detectives are anxious to interview anyone who saw the carMore example sentences
investigator, private detective, private investigator, operative; British enquiry agent, CID officer, detective constable, DC, detective sergeant, DS, detective inspector, DI, detective chief inspector, DCI, detective superintendent, detective chief superintendentNorth American • dated Pinkerton
- Eight of the suspects were today being quizzed by detectives at undisclosed police stations.
- Strathclyde Police last night confirmed that detectives had investigated the matter.
- The investigating detectives reviewed the color surveillance video at the dealership.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a rank of police officer with investigative duties: a detective inspectorMore example sentences
- ‘One of the prints we have found is yours,’ a Strathclyde Police detective inspector told her.
- The Q car team will include an advanced driver, detective sergeant and a police constable.
- He also telephoned a detective inspector and told him he was conducting a search.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Concerning crime and its investigation: detective workMore example sentences
- Since the mid-nineteenth century crime and detective fiction has been a prominent part of the output of all the dominant mass media.
- Jackson was sitting on the couch, watching some type of mystery detective crime fighting show.
- As well as detective work, crime prevention is also a key priority.
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'.