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perdu

or perdue

[per-doo, -dyoo, per-] /pərˈdu, -ˈdyu, pɛr-/
adjective
1.
hidden; concealed; obscured.
noun
2.
Obsolete. a soldier assigned to a very dangerous mission or position.
Origin of perdu
1585-1595
1585-95; < French: lost, past participle of perdre < Latin perdere to lose

Perdu

[per-dy] /pɛrˈdü/
noun
1.
Mont
[mawn] /mɔ̃/ (Show IPA).
French name of Monte Perdido.
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Examples from the Web for perdu
Historical Examples
  • The perdu was but a stone's throw broad, throughout its entire length.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • At such times he was more than likely to stray over to the banks of the perdu.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • It would have been hard for Reuben to say just why he found the perdu so attractive.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He resolved that he would buy property near the perdu and settle there.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He laughed softly; and just then the blue heron came back to the perdu.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Always that phrase of his, he had called himself so often 'perdu!'

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • The perdu lay perpetually asleep, along beside a steep bank clothed with white birches and balsam poplars.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • For a long time she loved the perdu primarily for its associations with the boy who was her playmate, her protector, and her hero.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The perdu, as might have been expected when so many mysteries were credited to it, was commonly held to be bottomless.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Of the dwellers about the perdu none was more saturated with the magic of the place than Reuben Waugh, a boy of thirteen.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for perdu

perdu

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

Perdu

/pɛrdy/
noun
1.
Mont Perdu, the French name for (Monte) Perdido
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