detective (plural detectives)
- (law enforcement) A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.
1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 7, in Well Tackled!:
- The detective kept them in view. He made his way casually along the inside of the shelter until he reached an open scuttle close to where the two men were standing talking. Eavesdropping was not a thing Larard would have practised from choice, but there were times when, in the public interest, he had to do it, and this was one of them.
- A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.
Terms derived from detective
Terms etymologically related to detective
police officer who looks for evidence
- Italian: investigatore (it) m
- Japanese: 探偵 (たんてい, tantei), 刑事 (ja) (けいじ, keiji)
- Khmer: រន្ឋគវេសី (rʊəntʰea’kea’veisəy), ហិតប្រណី (km) (hǝt pranǝy), អ្នកយកការណ៍ (neak yɔɔ kɑɑ kaa)
- Korean: 탐정 (tamjeong)
- Malay: detektif
- Maori: titeketiwhi, tekitiwhi
- Persian: کارآگاه (fa) (kârâgâh)
- Polish: oficer śledczy m, detektyw (pl) m, f
- Portuguese: detective (pt) m (Portugal), detetive (pt) m (Brazil)
- Russian: детекти́в (ru) m (dɛtɛktív), сы́щик (ru) m (sýščik), операти́вник (ru) m (operatívnik), сле́дователь (ru) m (slédovatelʹ)
- Spanish: detective (es) m
- Swedish: kriminalpolis c
- Tagalog: tiktik
- Vietnamese: thám tử (vi)
- West Frisian: resjersjeur
person employed to find information