Definitions of detective

  1. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.
  2. A person who investigates crimes and mysteries.
  3. A policeman employed secretly to detect crime.
  4. One employed to ferret out crime and capture criminals.
  5. A police officer not dressed in uniform, whose duty it is to act secretly.
  6. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer.
  7. Employed, or skilled, in finding out; pertaining to detectives, or detection.
  8. Employed in detecting.
  9. Skilled in or employed for detection; belonging to detectives.
  10. That detects or discovers.