\ 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

For a short time after, Steve attempted to continue performing paired with comedian Tim Conway, with one another attempting to fill the voids left after the passing of Eydie, as well as Conway’s late pal Harvey Korman. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Singer Steve Lawrence a favorite for Father’s Day memories," 14 June 2019 The two girls, who are reportedly pals IRL and have started singing just like their mom/step-mom, toooootally have the right idea. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Kids Have Already Called Dibs on Her Most Iconic Fashion Looks of All Time," 4 June 2019 Sauntering down the iconic walkway of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, and pausing to greet runway pals Elsa Hosk, Cindy Bruna, and Adriana Lima, Harlow and her tulle train bounced in the breeze wafting off the nearby coast. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "It Was Super Yachts, Champagne, and Endless Tulle at the amfAR Cannes Gala," 24 May 2019 Sensitive skin pals, keep in mind that the formula does contain added fragrance. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Ordinary Debuts Its First-Ever Face Mask — and It's $12," 17 May 2019 Kourtney Kardashian hosted her 40th birthday party last night with her famous sisters and celebrity pals. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Kourtney Kardashian's 40th Birthday Party," 19 Apr. 2019 Naturally, spending a day surrounding by four-legged pals is music to my ears, but get this! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Hosts Sleepovers, So You Can Hang Out with a Pet Before Adopting It," 18 Apr. 2019 Apparently, Kendall was hanging out with her pal Hailey Bieber, while Jordyn sat with her family and Jaden Smith. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods and Kendall Jenner Reportedly Attended the Same Coachella Party," 16 Apr. 2019 In Summer Vacation — the series’ third film, opening Friday, July 13 — the adorable Tinkles, with his large, soulful eyes, sneaks onboard a giant cruise ship alongside his monster pals to join them for a relaxing vacation. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018

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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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