\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Definition of pal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a close friend


palled; palling

Definition of pal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to be or become pals : associate as pals they've palled around for years

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Other Words from pal


palship \ ˈpal-​ˌship How to pronounce pal (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pal

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of pal in a Sentence

Noun We've been pals since we were kids. Come on—be a pal and lend me the money.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The group, which is made up of two SoCal sisters, a cousin and a pal ranging in age from 10 to 16, is about to sign a record deal with Epitaph — even as its members are in the thick of studying for finals. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Kourtney’s eldest son, Mason, is a fan of Rae’s videos, and the two women were introduced by a mutual pal. Jen Wang, Vogue, 17 May 2021 Platt met a recruiter in Houston because a pal of his wanted to join and invited him along. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 The show, which premières this week, follows an Afghan interpreter, Awalmir, who is granted refugee status and moves in with a downbeat Marine pal in Ohio. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Childhood pal Laquanta Davis, 26, told The Post that Hester was not a partier and had everything going for her. Fox News, 24 May 2021 Along the way, they were met by a blast from the past — Alicia's old pal Cole (Sebastian Sozzi). Dalton Ross,, 24 May 2021 There was new dish out Tuesday regarding the recent reunion of former flames Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck — and longtime pal Matt Damon was among those weighing in on the situation. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 There’s Jen as the self-deprecating gal pal, and Goat the beloved neighborhood freak. Greta Rainbow, Vulture, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of pal


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pal


Romani phral, phal brother, friend, from Sanskrit bhrātṛ brother; akin to Old English brōthor brother

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13 Jun 2021

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“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pal

: a close friend
used to address a man in an angry or annoyed way


\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend

Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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