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Detroit (dɪˈtrɔɪt)

Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. It is a major port on the Detroit River, one of the four major straits that connect the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The city has a rich history as the center of the U.S. automotive industry.


The name Detroit comes from the French word détroit, meaning 'strait', in reference to its location on the river connecting the Great Lakes.

Related Terms

  • Automotive industry: The range of businesses and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles.
  • Michigan: A state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States.
  • Wayne County: The most populous county in the U.S. state of Michigan.
  • Detroit River: A 24-nautical-mile-long (44 km; 28 mi) river in the Great Lakes system.
  • Great Lakes: A series of interconnected freshwater lakes located primarily in the upper mid-east region of North America.
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway: A system of locks, canals, and channels in Canada and the United States that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.

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