pen pal
noun Date: 1938 a friend made and kept through correspondence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pen pal — Pen pals (or penpals or pen friends) are people who regularly write to each other, particularly via postal mail.PurposesA penpal relationship is often used to practice reading and writing in a foreign language, to improve literacy, to learn more… …   Wikipedia

  • pen pal — pen pals also pen pal N COUNT A pen pal is someone you write friendly letters to and receive letters from, although the two of you may never have met. Syn: pen friend …   English dictionary

  • pen pal — n someone you make friends with by writing letters, especially someone who lives in another country and who you have never met British Equivalent: pen friend …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pen pal — pen ,pal noun count INFORMAL someone who you regularly write friendly letters to but have never met. British usually pen friend …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pen pal — pen′ pal n. a person with whom one keeps up an exchange of letters, usu. someone far away • Etymology: 1935–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • pen pal — ► NOUN informal ▪ a penfriend …   English terms dictionary

  • pen pal — n. a person, esp. a stranger in another country, with whom one arranges a regular exchange of letters …   English World dictionary

  • pen pal — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pen pal : singular pen pal plural pen pals a pen friend …   English dictionary

  • pen pal — {n.} A friend who is known to someone through an exchange of letters. * /John s pen pal writes him letters about school in Alaska./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pen pal — {n.} A friend who is known to someone through an exchange of letters. * /John s pen pal writes him letters about school in Alaska./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pen pal — a person with whom one keeps up an exchange of letters, usually someone so far away that a personal meeting is unlikely: My niece in Texas has a pen pal in France. [1935 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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