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pain perdu Syllabification: pain per·du
Pronunciation: /ˈpän perˈdo͞o/ /paN perˈdY/

Definition of pain perdu in English:


French term for French toast.
Example sentences
  • French onion soup with Mull cheddar followed by Scottish beef with celeriac gratin are supremely tasty as a starter and main course, while a delicious pudding is pain perdu - which translates as ‘lost bread’.
  • Ditto the eggy brioche pain perdu, which I enjoyed one evening with banana ice cream, some poached rhubarb, and a dollop of crème fraîche.
  • Looking at the la carte dessert menu featuring delights like pain perdu, pistachio mousse and quince sorbet, I can't believe they wouldn't be fine.


French, literally 'lost bread'.

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