détenue\¦dātən¦(y)ü, F dātnu̅e̅\
Definition of détenu
: a detained person; especially : a political prisoner in India
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Origin and Etymology of détenu
French détenu (masculine), détenue (feminine), from détenu, past participle of détenir to detain, from Old French detenir — more at detain
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