Definition of pen pal in English:

pen pal

noun

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

    • ‘I came away with a pierced ear and a tattoo artist as a pen pal.’
    • ‘I started writing a pen pal from Canada three years ago, and she's one of my great friends.’
    • ‘From an early age my pen pal lived in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Every inmate wanted a female pen pal, so they provided vital stats.’
    • ‘I also began corresponding at that time with an Israeli pen pal.’
    • ‘But with the onset of puberty, having a pen pal was considered lame, and all of that stopped.’
    • ‘She was waiting for a letter from her pen pal in Australia and it was supposed to come any day now.’
    • ‘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 could use a pen pal, and, you're right, it would break up the monotony of forwards and other useless emails.’
    • ‘He found lots of junk mail, and one letter from his pen pal (email pal) George.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I guess my parents thought I was writing to a pen pal.’
    • ‘For example try starting a new club or finding a secret pen pal.’
    • ‘And what I treasure out of all this is that I've got a pen pal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    letter writer, penfriend
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Pronunciation

pen pal

/ˈpen ˌpal//ˈpɛn ˌpæl/