\ 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

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 After playing Winnie the Pooh pal Christopher Robin and voicing Lumière in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, Ewan McGregor is taking on another childhood icon. Nick Romano,, "Ewan McGregor says he'll voice Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio," 16 June 2020 But a pal with a penchant for barbecue had a hunch that a smoker would do wonders for this cut. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Want to cook the best mail order steaks at home? Here's everything you need to know," 10 June 2020 Early in the finale, Tanner family patriarch Danny (Bob Saget) and his pal Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) enter the Tanners' Bay Area home following an offscreen rehearsal dinner for the girls. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Fuller House' final episodes: Where's Lori Loughlin's Aunt Becky?," 2 June 2020 The story of the Dead’s magical 1970 starts in the spring of 1969, when lyricist Robert Hunter begins sharing a house in Larkspur with longtime pal Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Grateful Dead: A look back at the band’s magical year of 1970," 2 June 2020 What follows is Styles and a whole gang of pals frolicking sensually on a beach while eating watermelon, running their hands all over each other and absolutely not social distancing. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” Music Video Has The Sexy Summer Vibes You’re Missing," 18 May 2020 The evidently mismatched pair fall hard for each other, and Julie starts wearing a safety-pin earring and neglecting the mall, much to the horror of her Val pals. Mary Sollosi,, "Valley Girl is, like, a totally ironic nostalgia trip: Review," 8 May 2020 Nicole Leisen Personal Training & Fitness (NLPTF): Plan a fun night of sweating, socializing and sipping with up to 12 of your gal pals. Luann Gibbs,, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 28 Apr. 2020 Hoping to find a place in game One of Scott’s baseball pals set up the GoFundMe page against his wishes. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "After three years fighting cancer, ex-Rangers scout Marty Scott is hoping to find a place in the game once again," 21 Mar. 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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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce pal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pal

: a close friend
used to address a man in an angry or annoyed way


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Kids Definition of pal

: a close friend

Legal Definition of PAL

passive activity loss

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