from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of perdu.
  • adj. Accustomed to, or employed in, desperate enterprises; reckless; hopeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lost to sight; hidden; in concealment; in ambush.
  • Being on a forlorn hope; sent on a desperate enterprise.
  • n. A soldier serving on a forlorn hope (in French enfant perdu); a person in desperate case.
  • n. One who is morally lost or abandoned.
  • n. In cookery, something concealed or ambuscaded: same as surprise.


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  • The decanter was created using the traditional and now-rare technique of cire perdue, meaning "lost wax," and is shaped with a flat bottom, like the decanters used on board ships in the 1820s.

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  • Moi j'etais dans la voiture a un stop donc je n'ai pas pu aider la vieille femme qui 'perdue' est resté abasourdie au milieu du passage clouté immobile a regarder de droite a gauche ...

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  • Duchess of Hereward adopted little Marie Perdue; "perdue" no longer, but the cherished pet of a fond foster-mother.

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  • His insistence on using the techniques of antiquity—he still scales up from small clay models and, when his work is cast, the foundry uses the cire perdue method—result in work that is completely contemporary, yet also somehow fragments that could have come from any point in the history of Western art.

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  • Andrew Testa/Panos for The Wall Street Journal He still insists on using the techniques of antiquity—scaling up from small clay models and, when his work is cast, the foundry uses the cire perdue method.

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  • If you are a ceo of perdue, then you become the president of united states, be gauranteed the chickens will be very costly, just like oil.

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  • I snuck a look at his first edition set of Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdue."

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  • This was no perdue leg from the super market but was pretty tasty.

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  • Gertrude Stein described le génération perdue—the Lost Generation.

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  • Dans les années 1980, il a servi de décor pour le tournage des films « Les Aventuriers de l'arche perdue », de Steven Spielberg, et « Das Boot », de Wolfgang Petersen.

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