The definition of a pardoner is a person who can forgive someone's sins or crimes.
A governor who can wipe away your criminal record and overturn your conviction is an example of a pardoner.
- a medieval preacher who collected money offerings (as for building a church) to which indulgences were attached
- a person who pardons
Origin of pardonerMiddle English from Anglo-French
- One that pardons: a pardoner of the sins of others.
- A medieval ecclesiastic or layman authorized to raise money for religious works by granting papal indulgences to contributors.
pardon + -er.