detective etymology

English word detective comes from English detect

Detailed word origin of detective

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
detect English (eng) (obsolete) Detected. To discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing.
detective English (eng) Employed in detecting. (law enforcement) A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.. A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

Words with the same origin as detective

Descendants of detect
dick