pen pal


Definition of pen pal

: a friend made and kept through correspondence

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The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. Stefanie Dazio,, "FBI charges 80 people, operating mainly out of LA and Nigeria, with stealing at least $46 million through various fraud schemes," 22 Aug. 2019 One of her followers retweeted with a picture holding the same book and asked if the two could be pen pals and swap notes. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Reading For All The Homies: Rapper Noname Starts New Book Club," 29 July 2019 People first reported the news of her engagement to her prison pen pal in April of 2019. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard Pictured With Fiancé For First Time," 15 July 2019 Punky became more than a critic, more than an attentive reader, more than a pen pal with a unique eye for Alabama shenanigans. John Archibald |,, "Meet the New York Times of rhymes," 10 July 2019 Jay and Jun spent their youths countries apart but were pen pals. Delfina Barbiero, USA TODAY, "Randy Ribay's moving 'Patron Saints of Nothing' a YA tale of grief, Philippine drug war," 19 June 2019 Cathy Bellovary visits her two young second-grade pen pals at Banting School in Waukesha. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How do you reach across generations? With a pen. Some paper. And an open heart.," 28 May 2018 Unfortunately, this pen pal is a serial murderer who claims he was inspired by Betty herself. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 Why do these disruptive, online-first companies want to be our old school pen pals? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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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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