\ 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

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 And if your four-pawed pal could pass for Chewbacca’s mini-me, the clever pet supply company is holding a casting call to find the future star of its next Star Wars campaign; learn more here. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 Nor does the old McLaren. Encouraged to do something reckless by his billionaire pal Peter Thiel not long after the CNN interview, Musk totaled the car in an accident. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, 1 May 2022 After Weekend 2, Lizzo shared a photo alongside her pal to Instagram. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 Then our pal Peter hit the MCU, and Tom Holland entered the fray. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 Her appearance on the Grammy Awards alongside longtime peer Joni Mitchell was partially to introduce their mutual musical pal Brandi Carlile but also to acknowledge Raitt as a recipient of the vaunted lifetime achievement award. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 These cheesy socks come in an actual pizza box for your pepperoni-loving pal. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 The show also featured his pal Samaria Smith, daughter of LL Cool J. Natasha Dye,, 15 Apr. 2022 Among those deciding my pal’s fate was Strom Thurmond, then a 91-year-old Republican senator from South Carolina. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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\ ˈpal How to pronounce pal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend



Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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