\ 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

In the episode, while taking his daughter on a tour of liberal arts colleges in Maine, Tony comes across a former associate living a quiet civilian life in witness protection years after ratting out some of Tony’s pals. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Check out this fantastic snap of huskies Nika and Kira of @2husketeers along with one of their furry pals transformed into the Sanderson Sisters from the Halloween classic from 1993, Hocus Pocus. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "These Dogs Dressed Up As the Hocus Pocus Witches for Halloween—and You've Got to See the Photo," 10 Sep. 2019 Believe Ross and Rachel Were on a Break Friends — starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry as a group of young pals in New York City — ran from 1994-2004. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Friends' Famous Central Perk Sofa Is Traveling Around the World: Here's How to Grab a Seat," 5 Sep. 2019 Only two of our pals at Liberty High School get a new sibling in 13 Reasons Why season 2: Clay (Dylan Minnette) & Justin (Brandon Flynn). Rachel Paige,, "Clay's New Brother Justin Isn't Going Into 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Clean & Sober," 24 Aug. 2019 Hallmark has ornaments of your three favorite pals: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Your Christmas Tree Needs This Harry Potter Hogwarts Tree Topper That Plays “Hedwig’s Theme”," 29 July 2019 Max the Terrier returns with his old set of pet pals, but with a new set of adjustments: His owner, Katie, is a newlywed and a new mother. Kristin Vartan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Life of Pets 2': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Performer," 7 June 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's newborn son, Archie, has already met several of his high-profile relatives—not to mention a few of Markle's celebrity pals. Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Planning a Trip to New York With Baby Archie," 29 May 2019 The Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the Anzac Day service on Thursday as a duo, looking like the best of pals. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Took a Secret Visit to Meghan Markle at Frogmore Cottage," 26 Apr. 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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