detention etymology

English word detention comes from Latin detineo, and later Latin detentio (Detention (keeping back).)

Detailed word origin of detention

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
detineo Latin (lat) I delay, hinder, lengthen; occupy, engage, stop. I hold or keep off or back, detain, check.
detentio Latin (lat) Detention (keeping back).
détention Middle French (frm)
detention English (eng) (countable) A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.. (uncountable) The act of detaining or the state of being detained.

Words with the same origin as detention

Descendants of detineo
detain