Quick answer
"Disculpa" is a noun which is often translated as "apology", and "perdón" is a noun which is often translated as "forgiveness". Learn more about the difference between "disculpa" and "perdón" below.
disculpa(
dees
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kool
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pah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (pardon)
a. apology
Me pidió que escribiera una disculpa al grupo.He asked me to write an apology to the group.
Mil disculpas por mi atraso.Many apologies for my lateness.
2. (pretext)
a. excuse
Me dio una disculpa por haber llegado tarde.He gave me an excuse for arriving late.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
3.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(used to apologize; second person singular)
a. sorry
¡Disculpa! No te vi ahí.Sorry! I didn't see you there.
4.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(used to request attention; second person singular)
a. excuse me
¡Disculpa! ¿Sabe por dónde queda el parque?Excuse me! Do you know where the park is?
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perdón(
pehr
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dohn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of forgiving)
a. forgiveness
Solo Dios puede darte el perdón que buscas.Only God can grant the forgiveness you seek.
b. pardon (law)
El gobernador le extendió el perdón al prisionero.The governor granted the inmate a pardon.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (apologies)
a. pardon me
Perdón, no te oigo con la música.Pardon me, I can't hear you over the music.
b. sorry
¡Perdón! No fue mi intención pisarte el pie.Sorry! I didn't mean to step on your foot.
c. excuse me
Perdón, ¿me puede dar la hora?Excuse me, do you have the time?
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