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pal

play
noun \ˈpal\

Definition of pal

  1. :  a close friend

palship

play \ˈpal-ˌship\ noun

Examples of pal in a Sentence

  1. We've been pals since we were kids.

  2. Come on—be a pal and lend me the money.

Origin and Etymology of pal

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


First Known Use: circa 1886


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pal

verb

Definition of pal

palled

;

palling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be or become pals :  associate as pals they've palled around for years

1875

First Known Use of pal

1875



PAL Defined for English Language Learners

pal

play
noun

Definition of pal for English Language Learners

  • : a close friend

  • —used to address a man in an angry or annoyed way


PAL Defined for Kids

pal

play
noun \ˈpal\

Definition of pal for Students

  1. :  a close friend


Law Dictionary

PAL

abbreviation

Legal Definition of PAL

  1. passive activity loss



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