pen pal


Definition of pen pal 

: a friend made and kept through correspondence

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His other purported exploits included US institutions like UCLA, where a pwned university IT person eventually became his pen pal. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 The movie is a send-up of the 1940s romance by Ernst Lubitsch, The Shop Around the Corner, in which two rival co-workers turn out to be one another’s adored pen pals. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "We Showed 'You've Got Mail' to Our Gen-Z Coworkers and Now Feel Very Old," 1 Aug. 2018 The two have since become pen pals, with Bacque sending words of encouragement after Messenger pitches, and Messenger reciprocating with care packages of Hanshin goods and Japanese treats. New York Times, "A 50-Year-Old Japanese Baseball Record Unites Two American Pitchers," 3 July 2018 Grab a pen Have kids write letters to friends or family members to your kids, or help them find a pen pal, possiblyat a local senior center. Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 2018 Bly advocates for Tanner, as does Anthony Alston, who became Tanner’s pen pal when he was deployed in the Army. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Gary boxer convicted of leading gang was denied clemency by Obama, now seeks release under Trump," 6 July 2018 Now, Jacob's spirit lives on as his many pen pals remember the boy who loved Christmas — and penguins. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATE: 9-Year-Old Cancer Patient Who Asked for Christmas Cards Passed Away This Weekend," 20 Nov. 2017 To commemorate the pilot program, the president sent a letter on the flight to Ileana Yarza, a Havana woman who had become his pen pal. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "U.S., Cuba decide to make direct mail service permanent," 1 June 2018 Some 211 senior volunteers participated in the pen pals program this year. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How do you reach across generations? With a pen. Some paper. And an open heart.," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of pen pal

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pen pal

: a person (such as someone in a foreign country) who you exchange letters with even though you have never met

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Kids Definition of pen pal

: a friend known only through letter writing

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