pen pal


Definition of pen pal

: a friend made and kept through correspondence

Examples of pen pal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Arizona Opera is now offering the community a way to connect with the company by finding a pen pal within the organization. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2021 And the guy who did get a phone number merely became a pen pal for a few weeks before ghosting. Nicole Motamed, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2021 This led Naomi to sign up to a US prison pen pal service. Daisy Schofield,, 5 July 2021 To make the most of the situation, Victoria reconnects with her childhood French pen pal and the story unfolds. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 20 June 2021 Ahmed, who emigrated from Bangladesh to the United States in 2005, was inspired by her father’s longtime correspondence with a pen pal in a different country. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 15 June 2021 Many wonderful lifelong friendships have started with pen pal correspondences between strangers. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 Waiting for him was a high school classmate named Cristina, his only prison pen pal. Lori Basheda, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Come June 19, watch Her Pen Pal starring Mallory Jensen and Josh Sasse, in which you'll be drawn into the world of an event planner running the show for her best friend's Parisian wedding who gets back in touch with her childhood pen pal. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of pen pal

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pen pal was in 1925

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31 Oct 2021

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“Pen pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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