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pal

[pal]Informal.
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noun
  1. a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
  2. an accomplice.
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verb (used without object), palled, pal·ling.
  1. to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.
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Origin of pal

1675–85; < English Romany: brother, mate, dissimilated variant of continental Romany phralSanskrit bhrātṛ brother

PAL

or P.A.L.

  1. Police Athletic League.
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PAL

[pal]
noun
  1. a special air service offered by the U.S. Postal Service for sending parcels from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.5 kg) to overseas servicemen: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment plus $1 is charged.Compare SAM(def 2).
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Origin of PAL

P(arcel) A(ir) L(ift)

pal.

Pal.

  1. Palestine.
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cronyamigocomradesidekickbuddyassociatechumbrotherhomeboycompanionmatesisterhomegirlsisconnateamigabrocuz

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British Dictionary definitions for pal

pal

noun
  1. a close friend; comrade
  2. an accomplice
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verb pals, palling or palled
  1. (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
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See also pal up

Word Origin

C17: from English Gypsy: brother, ultimately from Sanskrit bhrātar brother

PAL

n acronym for
  1. phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
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Pal.

abbreviation for
  1. Palestine
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Word Origin and History for pal

n.

1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal "brother, comrade," variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata "brother" (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.

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v.

1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.

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