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 ; also contr. of Fr sentinelle perdue, advanced (lit., lost) sentry, or enfants perdus, forlorn hope
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.