Definition of pen pal in US English:

pen pal


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

    • ‘But with the onset of puberty, having a pen pal was considered lame, and all of that stopped.’
    • ‘As their pen pal, my postcards and letters helped them with reading, writing, geography, and math.’
    • ‘I can't tell you how long I was looking for one like it before a pen pal introduced me to it!’
    • ‘She was waiting for a letter from her pen pal in Australia and it was supposed to come any day now.’
    • ‘Every inmate wanted a female pen pal, so they provided vital stats.’
    • ‘I also began corresponding at that time with an Israeli pen pal.’
    • ‘I guess my parents thought I was writing to a pen pal.’
    • ‘These groups can perhaps locate a school where a pen pal system may be possible, creating ties to a distant school and showing the real faces of real children helped by their efforts.’
    • ‘He found lots of junk mail, and one letter from his pen pal (email pal) George.’
    • ‘It is also a good time to send a note and other items of need with the book, you could come away with a pen pal.’
    • ‘And what I treasure out of all this is that I've got a pen pal.’
    • ‘For example try starting a new club or finding a secret pen pal.’
    • ‘Without the pen pal project, the elementary school students might not have become acquainted with college students and a college campus, even though it was only a short distance from their homes.’
    • ‘I started writing a pen pal from Canada three years ago, and she's one of my great friends.’
    • ‘I could use a pen pal, and, you're right, it would break up the monotony of forwards and other useless emails.’
    • ‘I came away with a pierced ear and a tattoo artist as a pen pal.’
    • ‘From an early age my pen pal lived in New Zealand.’
    • ‘I went to my computer and noticed I had an email from my pen pal, Emma in England.’
    • ‘She was also my pen pal when I was in fifth and sixth grade and had an assignment to write to someone famous.’
    • ‘She then uses this and the knowledge that she gained from the biology module about nutrition to gauge the nutrition of the school lunch that her pen pal receives.’
    letter writer, penfriend
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pen pal

/ˈpen ˌpal//ˈpɛn ˌpæl/