\ 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

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 Bands at this stage of their life, playing small, dirty venues, are usually looked after by an eager pal who can’t play an instrument and acts as the driver and equipment humper. Chris Blackwell With Paul Morley, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Selena Gomez spent the evening with her longtime pal Francia Raisa on Wednesday night (July 27), where the duo laughed through a hilarious game that’s been blowing up on TikTok lately. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 28 July 2022 The two enjoy a weeklong tropical getaway with Hailey's longtime pal Justine Skye. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2022 Batman spends two-thrids of a movie trying to murder Superman, and then realizes Superman is his pal. Darren Franich,, 4 Mar. 2022 Javier Báez got his wish: He's headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Up next is Colin (Luke Newton), whose more-than-friendly love for longtime pal Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has been growing since season 1. Kelly Wynne,, 14 July 2022 Taylor Kitsch actually is pretty charming as Reece's CIA pal, while Constance Wu gets all the boring gradual-investigation material as a crusading journalist. Darren Franich,, 1 July 2022 Much to her tween angst, the adults keep her hidden away from people who’d want to capture her for scientific purposes, but she gets kidnapped anyway alongside Beta, the spawn of Owen’s Velociraptor pal Blue. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for pal


\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend



Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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