Definition of penfriend in English:

penfriend

noun

British
  • A person with whom one becomes friendly by exchanging letters, especially someone in a foreign country whom one has never met.

    • ‘Before the magic of email, collectors of penfriends used to have to wait for slow overseas mails to get replies to their letters.’
    • ‘After an extensive search and widespread publicity, the 16-year-old was found a week later safe and well and staying with her penfriend in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘He met his wife Joan after she became his penfriend.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I have my penfriend in stitches with some of our sayings!’
    • ‘Throw into this mix, then, an idea expressed in a recent letter from a Peruvian penfriend.’
    • ‘He also considers himself lucky to have gained two penfriends with whom he remains in touch.’
    • ‘The couple first came into contact with one another as penfriends, while Vincent was working in London in the early 1970s.’
    • ‘For now, she is staying at her penfriend's home with his parents.’
    • ‘Anyway, I think online penfriends will be a good idea for me when I have some actual vocab to try out, but right now I need the structure and base that a course will give me.’
    • ‘She became my best friend and confidante and penfriend.’
    letter writer, penfriend, pen pal
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Pronunciation:

penfriend

/ˈpɛnfrɛnd/