Definition of pardon exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdn//
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  1. 1(also pardon me especially in North American English) used to ask somebody to repeat something because you did not hear it or did not understand it ‘You're very quiet today.’ ‘Pardon?’ ‘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
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pardun (noun), pardoner (verb), from medieval Latin perdonare ‘concede, remit’, from per- ‘completely’ + donare ‘give’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pardon