pen pal


: a friend made and kept through correspondence

Examples of pen pal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2012, Pike recruited corrections officer Justin Heflin and pen pal Donald Kohut in an elaborate escape attempt, the Associated Press reported. Christina Coulter, Fox News, 24 May 2024 Since it was installed, wholesome moments, including one TikTok user in New York City sharing her experience reuniting with her high school pen pal, who lives in Dublin, have transpired since the portal opened. Athena Sobhan, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 The plot revolves around Sam and Austin's anonymous online pen pal relationship, which leads to a romantic night at a school Halloween dance and a twisting plot until the pair get together. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 Uncommon Goods Grandparent Pen Pal Set Bring back the fun of receiving snail mail with this unique grandparent pen pal set. Maya Polton, Parents, 11 Apr. 2024 And Brian actually developed a pen pal relationship with John. Wesley Stenzel,, 18 Mar. 2024 The first half takes place in Leipzig, where Fanny forms an intense intellectual and erotic connection with her German pen pal, Lena (Josefa Heinsius). Peter Debruge, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 The two had only met once before the pandemic, but became literary pen pals and cheerleaders for one another. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 His death opened the door for Woody Harrelson's Woody character — a pen pal of Coach's — though the loss was felt among viewers and the cast. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pen pal was in 1925

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“Pen pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pen pal

: a friend made and kept through letter-writing

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