pardon my French

Definition of pardon my French

informal + humorous
used to apologize for using offensive language
  • Everything he said is bullshit. Pardon my French.

Word by Word Definitions

pardon play
  1. : indulgence

  2. : the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty

  3. : a release from the legal penalties of an offense

  1. : to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime

  2. : to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment : forgive

  3. : to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed

my play
  1. : of or relating to me or myself especially as possessor, agent, object of an action, or familiar person

  1. : muscle : muscle and

french play
  1. : to trim the meat from the end of the bone of (something, such as a chop)

  2. : to cut (green beans) in thin lengthwise strips before cooking

  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its people, or their language

  2. : of or relating to the overseas descendants of the French people

  1. : a Romance language that developed out of the Vulgar Latin spoken in northern and central Transalpine Gaul and that became the literary and official language of France

  2. : the French people

  3. : strong language


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pardon my French? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!