\ 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 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 Turns out the queens, particularly Kandy and Tina, aren’t so receptive to their new pal Elliott, or her two T’s for that matter. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: The Spy Who Dragged Me," 8 Jan. 2021 Federal authorities in New York City have brought charges in the armed robbery of Jonathan Cheban, a reality TV pal of Kim Kardashian., "Feds charge man in armed robbery of Kardashian pal Jonathan Cheban," 21 Nov. 2020 Dash, who is obsessed with The Strand, finds it and plays along as their simple game turns into a pen-pal exchange that takes them around their favorite spots in New York. Ariana Brockington,, "It’s Christmas Now — The Dash & Lily Soundtrack Says So," 10 Nov. 2020 In a floor-length gown from Erdem’s pre-fall 2020 collection, Monoghan dazzled during an Instagram Live with pal Aaron Paul. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Found Glamour for All Occasions," 2 Nov. 2020 Another program that was really popular among students and Nome residents was my community pen-pal program. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "Education for Cultural Survival," 9 Sep. 2020 Melrose friends Garrett Collins, 22, J.P. Bulman, 21, and Jacob Russett, 22, and another pal, Molly Desrochers, 21, of Wethersfield, Conn., also took their annual polar plunge. Sofia Saric,, "Even a pandemic couldn’t stop New Year’s Day traditions in Boston," 1 Jan. 2021 Max gets a job as a bartender at a bar owned by his pal, Carter (Julian Gant), and the place is conveniently located next door to the cat café. oregonlive, "‘Call Me Kat’: Mayim Bialik of ‘Big Bang Theory’ stars in a likable, unpretentious new sitcom (review)," 29 Dec. 2020 Here's a column from April 8, 2001, with Eddie talking about his golfing pal Harvey Borseth, when Harvey died quickly after being diagnosed with leukemia. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, "Eddie and Harvey were golfing legends -- from Wirth to Kansas City," 22 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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