or per·due

[per-doo, -dyoo, per-]
  1. Obsolete. a soldier assigned to a very dangerous mission or position.

Origin of perdu

1585–95; < French: lost, past participle of perdre < Latin perdere to lose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
  1. obsolete a soldier placed on hazardous sentry duty
  2. obsolete a soldier placed in a hazardous ambush

Word Origin for perdu

C16: via French: lost, from perdre to lose, from Latin perdere to destroy


  1. Mont Perdu the French name for (Monte) Perdido
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