1 of 2


: a close friend
palship noun


2 of 2


palled; palling

intransitive verb

: to be or become pals : associate as pals
they've palled around for years

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
However, as Blackball and Holland noshed on In-N-Out after the session, the singer warned his pal, who was working at a box manufacturer at the time, that there were no guarantees that his line (and brush with stardom) would make the final cut. Daniel Kohn, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Infused with the sweet fragrance of plums, this dog shampoo for smelly dogs is specially formulated to eliminate that unpleasant odor that can linger on our furry pals. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 The Dunst-Plemons clan doesn’t hang out with a lot of Hollywood types outside of Plemons’ fellow Texas pal Glen Powell. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Sandra Bullock tends to lay low in public, but the Oscar-winner was just spotted on a night out in New York City with her longtime pal, Jennifer Aniston. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2024 The pals can manage for a month on very little, relying on the versatility of black leggings and black tops, says LaLonde. Stacey Lastoe, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 In 2023, the two pals and business partners were arrested for abusing Ruby's two youngest children, a 9-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2024 In their latest picture together, Curtis can be seen holding the back of Lohan's head as the longtime pals smile big. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 With the omission of Aladdin's pet monkey, for the three close pals there's more room for comedy. Monica Hooper,, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pal was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a close friend


2 of 2 verb
palled; palling
: to be or become pals

Legal Definition


passive activity loss

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