Definition of detinue in US English:

detinue

noun

Law
  • A legal claim to recover wrongfully detained goods or possessions.

    • ‘He is also being sued by the companies for trespass, conversion and detinue, and for monies had and received to the use of the companies.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French detenue, past participle (used as a noun) of detenir ‘detain’.

Pronunciation

detinue

/ˈdetnˌ(y)o͞o//ˈdɛtnˌ(j)u/