There are 2 main definitions of excuse me in English:

excuse me1

1Used as a polite apology in various contexts, such as when attempting to get someone’s attention, asking someone to move so that one may pass, or interrupting a speaker.
More example sentences
  • Now in 99% of cases with the subway as packed as it was someone would enter, say excuse me and make her move her bag.
  • They are all up in my personal space so I say excuse me and move away but they keep looking at me.
  • When he finished eating, he stood up with a small polite excuse me and placed his dish in the sink, quickly heading up to Wes' room.
1.1North American Used to ask someone to repeat what they have just said.
See parent entry: excuse

Definition of excuse me in:

There are 2 main definitions of excuse me in English:


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A social dance in which participants may interrupt other pairs in order to change partners.
More example sentences
  • There was a ladies' choice and an excuse-me dance where you got to cut in.
  • Gomarsall, provided he stays in the team (as he should), has so many new partners that he will feel as if he has wandered into a dance hall for a demented version of the gentlemen's excuse-me.