de·​tached di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio)
: standing by itself : separate, unconnected
especially : not sharing any wall with another building
a house with a detached garage
: exhibiting an aloof objectivity usually free from prejudice or self-interest
a detached observer
di-ˈta-chəd-lē How to pronounce detached (audio)
di-ˈta-chəd-nəs How to pronounce detached (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for detached

indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest.

indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice.

indifferent to the dictates of fashion

unconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles.

unconcerned about the homeless

incurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness.

incurious about the world

aloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness.

aloof from his coworkers

detached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness.

observed family gatherings with detached amusement

disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias.

judged by a panel of disinterested observers

Example Sentences

The house has a detached garage. a detached observer at company parties, taking it all in and saying very little
Recent Examples on the Web Some slung long guns over their shoulders and parked a tank outside the small, detached garage situated next to the family home where her older brother, 28-year-old Cody Stewart, lived. al, 20 Jan. 2023 The detached garage in the back can accommodate two vehicles. Joey Morona, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2023 Artists will live in semi-detached town houses, each with its own entrance to a common pool, in a riverside complex shaped like the region’s ancient nsibidi script. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2022 Some of the problems of supply are entrenched in local zoning, Hunt said, which discourages density and different housing types such as townhomes in favor of detached single-family houses. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 9 Dec. 2022 Miller said 10 homes have sold in the Kings Manor area in the past nine months — seven townhouses and three detached houses. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 At the same time, average selling times for detached houses in greater Helsinki fell by almost a month. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Maulucci won approval in 2019 to build 51 single-family houses, and the town agreed in 2020 when Maulucci changed that to 71 units — 33 detached houses and 38 townhouses. Don Stacom,, 18 Mar. 2022 Also on the lot is a two-story guest house, cabana and a detached massage room. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


see detach

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of detached was circa 1706

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“Detached.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​tached di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio)
: not joined or connected : separate
a detached house
: aloof entry 2, unconcerned, impartial
a detached attitude
-ˈtach-əd-lē How to pronounce detached (audio)
-ˈtach-əd-nəs How to pronounce detached (audio)

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