Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to perdu: Purdue University


or per·due  (pər-do͞o′, -dyo͞o′)
n. Obsolete
A soldier sent on an especially dangerous mission.

[French perdu, masculine past participle, and perdue, feminine past participle (as in sentinelle perdue, lost sentry, sentry posted in a position in which death is likely) of perdre, to lose, from Latin perdere; see perdition.]


(ˈpɜːdjuː) or


1. (Military) obsolete (of a soldier) placed on hazardous sentry duty
2. (Military) obsolete (of a soldier) placed in a hazardous ambush
3. (of a person or thing) hidden or concealed
4. (Military) obsolete a soldier placed on hazardous sentry duty
5. (Military) obsolete a soldier placed in a hazardous ambush
[C16: via French: lost, from perdre to lose, from Latin perdere to destroy]


(Placename) Mont Perdu the French name for (Monte) Perdido


or per•due

(pərˈdu, -ˈdyu, pɛr-)

adj., n., pl. -dus or -dues. adj.
1. hidden; concealed; obscured.
2. Obs. a soldier assigned to a very dangerous mission or position.
[1585–95; < French: lost, past participle of perdre < Latin perdere to lose; see perdition]
References in classic literature ?
Besides, a big house here, and especially in this quartier perdu, proves nothing at all: it is perfectly compatible with a state of penury.
While he lay perdu in Steward's stateroom, his voice was the one thing that was not to be heard, so Kwaque was forced to seek the solace of his jews' harp in the sweltering heat of the gratings over the fire-room.
Comme un malheur n'arrive jamais seul, nous avions perdu le match et par la meme la qualification pour la CAN 2008 et comme cela ne suffisait pas, des militaires nous ont tabasses en fin de rencontre [beaucoup plus grand que].
Actualites Eecrit par Mohamed Nait Youssef [beaucoup moins que]A la recherche du pouvoir perdu [beaucoup plus grand que] de Mohamed Ahed Bensouda A pres son film [beaucoup moins que]Derriere les portes fermees [beaucoup plus grand que] sur le harcelement des femmes en milieu professionnel, le realisateur marocain Mohamed Ahed Bensouda est de retour avec un nouveau long metrage.
Perdu and Tiger Tiger in Newcastle have both installed specialist equipment which logs who has entered the club and two more venues have signed up to introduce the scheme in the new year.
He was an early user of the platform, and we'd long been fans of his own Tumblr, Je Suis Perdu (though sometimes we'd botch it and say Jesu Is Perdu, which makes for another fun translation), so we casually asked how many followers he had.
Chaque jour des martyrs et des blesses, se lamentent les habitants de la presqu'Ele qui regrettent avoir perdu le gout de la joie et avoir par contre gagne la saveur de la peine avec chaque officier et soldat morts.
Les hommes de Aziz El mari avaient perdu leur premier match face a Seville (1-0).
Other new additions are Cafe Surprise A[degrees] a steamy cuppa served with a mini pot of creme brulee, mini moelleux au chocolat and two mini macaroons, and Pain Perdu A[degrees] a french toast made from thick chunks of eggy bread, served with a drizzle of sweet caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream.
Al Hussein a loue le role joue par le FMI dans l'aide technique pour l'elaboration des etudes economique et financiere notamment apres que le Soudan a perdu ses revenues petrolieres et financieres exigees de la communaute internationale.
His dessert menu includes a Christmas pain perdu with roasted figs, a flaming mulled wine sorbet, boozy cherries and mulled wine bubbles.
Proust, the one, and the many; identity and difference in A la recherche du temps perdu.