out of sight; in hiding; concealed, as in military ambush
Origin of perduFrench perdu, masculine , perdue, feminine , past participle of perdre, to lose from Classical Latin perdere: see perdition
Obs. a soldier on a very dangerous assignment
Origin of perdu< perduthe adjective; also contr. of Fr sentinelle perdue, advanced (lit., lost) sentry, or enfants perdus, forlorn hope
Fr. name for Monte Perdido
A soldier sent on an especially dangerous mission.
Origin of perduFrench 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 .
This word occurs in Shakespeare's King Lear in the sense 'lost'. See citations tab for details.