Definition of pardoner in English:

pardoner

noun

historical
  • A person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences.

    • ‘There's a prim prioress, a pardoner in shabby green velvet, an enigmatic woman in fur-trimmed crimson.’
    • ‘Although the custom has since curtailed, in Chaucer's time it was common for pardoners - dealers in pardons - to travel the countryside peddling their ‘wares’.’
    • ‘It's just the kind of logic employed by mediaeval pardoners flogging pigs' bones as holy relics.’
    • ‘Chaucer's habit of poking fun at pardoners and summoners is not so much an example of impiety as a way of demonstrating how much virtue he has to spare.’
    • ‘Basically if you knew that you had sinned you would wait until a pardoner was in your region selling an indulgence and purchase one as the pope, being God's representative on Earth, would forgive your sins and you would be pardoned.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French.

Pronunciation:

pardoner

/ˈpɑːd(ə)nə/