noun, often all capitalized
\ ˈdēt How to pronounce deet (audio) \

Definition of deet

: a colorless oily liquid insect and tick repellent C12H17NO

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Luckily that's not the case for this deet-free repellent. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Bug Repellents That Don’t Smell Bad And Work," 22 July 2019 Zara, the brand behind everyone's favorite orange plaid skirt and the Instagram famous brown ruched minidress, has shared the deets on a brand new collection. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zara Unveiled Its Second Military-Inspired SRPLS Collection," 29 Apr. 2019 Kim also dropped some other bathroom deets in her Instagram story reveal. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian Finally Explains Her Basin-Less Sink," 18 Apr. 2019 Variety has more deets on what the conference actually covers: Themes for the summit center on battling misinformation, advancing the #MeToo movement, preserving journalism, and other progressive topics. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Has Just Been Announced to Speak at a MAJOR, Star-Studded Women's Summit," 14 Mar. 2019 Leicester City season ticket holder Fiona Sturgess got the deets from Kate about the nickname Prince George and Princess Charlotte have for their dad. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Prince George And Princess Charlotte Have an Adorable Nickname for Prince William," 28 Nov. 2018 So much was uncovered, including deets about Hannah and Zach's summer romance, the mysterious polaroid pictures, Jessica's complicated relationship with Justin, and more. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "15 Memes from "13 Reasons Why" Season 2," 21 May 2018 This is why deet sprays and citronella candles sell like hotcakes in the summer. Christopher Michel, Good Housekeeping, "8 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally," 17 Feb. 2017 In addition to providing deets on Ari's pony, Chris shared how the pop star manages to get her hair to shine. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Ariana Grande's Ponytail Height Always Matches Her Mood, Says Hairstylist Chris Appleton," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of deet

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deet

probably from d. e. t., from di- + ethyl + toluamide (C8H9NO)

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noun, often all capitalized
\ ˈdēt How to pronounce deet (audio) \

Medical Definition of deet

: a colorless oily liquid insect and tick repellent C12H17NO

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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