American English

Definition of pardon exclamation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also pardon me) used to ask someone to repeat something because you did not hear it or did not understand it “You're very quiet today.” “Pardon me?” “I said you're very quiet today.”
  2. 2(also pardon me) used by some people to say “sorry” when they have accidentally made a rude noise, or said or done something wrong
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pardon