perdu

noun
per·​du | \ ˈpər-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce perdu (audio) , -(ˌ)dyü; (ˌ)pər-ˈd(y)ü\
variants: or perdue

Definition of perdu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

obsolete
: a soldier assigned to extremely hazardous duty

perdu

adjective
per·​du | \ per-ˈdᵫ How to pronounce perdu (audio) \
variants: or perdue

Definition of perdu (Entry 2 of 2)

: remaining out of sight

First Known Use of perdu

Noun

1608, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perdu

Noun

French sentinelle perdue, literally, lost sentinel

Adjective

French perdu, masculine, & perdue, feminine, from past participle of perdre to lose, from Latin perdere

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