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 Four of the 36 long-term care facilities across nine eastern Idaho counties in which Fellows works are involved in the pen pal program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Plasma shortage, fight club, pen pal programs: News from around our 50 states," 17 Nov. 2020 Centers that haven’t reopened are trying to do weekly phone checks on their members, organizing pen pal writing campaigns and trying other innovations to reduce the risk of severe isolation. Don Stacom,, "Serving the elderly in a pandemic: Connecticut’s senior centers vary between Zoom and in-person classes," 13 Nov. 2020 Carly Gutner-Davis, life enrichment specialist at Seacrest Village in Encinitas, has 21 memory care residents in the pen pal program. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Critter drive-ins, pet pen pals, Zoom and window watching combat COVID blues," 11 Nov. 2020 Alex Roque, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, says his organization has started contact-free efforts like virtual pen pal programs and Amazon wishlists. Dallas News, "7 ways nonprofits can be more resilient for the people and communities they serve," 29 Oct. 2020 The first was back in the 1990s to support a fellow runner, who was a digital pen pal. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Virtual run means Race for the Cure team organizer can get creative," 24 Sep. 2020 Fenster said Addie wants to continue as a pen pal with Melquist. Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, "COVID-inspired Twin Cities pen pals, 7 and 73, bond over letters and love of art," 21 Aug. 2020 Many people started pen pal chains and stocked up on stamps because of the dire news coming out of the postal service. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "To help save U.S. Postal Service, two Midwest artists design pandemic-themed greeting cards," 31 July 2020 The shortage of new faces at the facility has led one North Carolina nursing home to start it’s very own pen pal program. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "This North Carolina Senior Living Center Started a Pen Pal Program to Help Lonely Residents," 2 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pen pal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pen pal

1925, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pen pal

Time Traveler for pen pal

Time Traveler

The first known use of pen pal was in 1925

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pen pal

Last Updated

23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pen pal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pen pal

pen pal


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

pen pal


Kids Definition of pen pal

: a friend known only through letter writing

More from Merriam-Webster on pen pal

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pen pal

Comments on pen pal

What made you want to look up pen pal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!