\ 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 palship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pal

Synonyms: Noun

alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer

Antonyms: Noun

enemy, foe

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Examples of pal in a Sentence


We've been pals since we were kids. Come on—be a pal and lend me the money.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday. Howard Fendrich,, "Roger Federer outlasts Rafael Nadal, advances to Wimbledon men’s final," 12 July 2019 He and Union tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Miami in front of family and friends, including pal John Legend, who performed. Robyn Merrett,, "Gabrielle Union's Daughter Kaavia James Makes Her First Red Carpet Appearance," 11 July 2019 Several hundred onlookers gathered on a festive, sunny afternoon as White and company — including musical pals Brendan Benson and Dean Fertita — played a team that included many Hamtramck residents. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack White brings a big-league presence to sandlot baseball game in Hamtramck," 11 July 2019 The cast also includes Lance Arthur Smith as Sun Records honcho Sam Phillips, Katie Sapper as Elvis’ singing gal pal Dianne, Brian Dall as drummer Fluke and Mackenzie Leighton as bassist Brother Jay Perkins. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lamb’s Players Theatre puts its money on Vista production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’," 10 July 2019 Kyle Rudolph, who loves golf and has a 10.6 handicap index at Wayzata Country Club, played a 3M Open pro-am round with pal Tony Finau on Wednesday at the TPC. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Future looks bright for Minnesota’s 3M Open," 6 July 2019 For real, though, musicians Mendes and Cabello have been pals for years, and repeatedly fended off relationship rumors. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello Are Doing The Opposite Of Killing Relationship Rumors," 5 July 2019 In one post, Shay is seen posing in a two-piece bathing suit alongside pal Alex Merrell. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Shay Mitchell Responds to Instagram Users Shaming Her Pregnancy," 5 July 2019 Among them were Meghan Markle's fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo, Ellie Goulding, Nora Kirkpatrick, and her husband Bryn Mooser. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Attended Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner's Second, Wild West-Themed Wedding," 25 June 2019

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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


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

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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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