[pahr-dn-er] /ˈpɑr dn ər/

a person who .
(during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.
(before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences

“man licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences,” mid-14c., agent noun from pardon (v.).


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