Definition of profil perdu in English:

profil perdu

(also profile perdu)

noun

Art
  • A profile in which the subject is more than half turned away from the onlooker.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry James (1843–1916), writer. From French profil perdu, lit. ‘lost profile’ from profil + perdu lost.

Pronunciation

profil perdu

/prəʊˌfiːl pəːˈdjuː/