pal

[ pal ]
/ pæl /
Informal.

noun

a friend or close associate; chum; comrade.

verb (used without object), palled, pal·ling.

to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.

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Origin of pal

First recorded in 1675–85; English Romani: “brother, mate,” variant of continental Romani phral, ultimately from Sanskrit bhrātṛ “brother”; see brother

Definition for pal (2 of 5)

PAL1
[ pal ]
/ pæl /

noun

a special air service offered by the U.S. Postal Service for sending parcels from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.5 kilograms) to overseas members of the armed forces: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment plus $1 is charged.
Compare SAM1 (def. 2).

Origin of PAL

1
P(arcel) A(ir) L(ift)

Definition for pal (3 of 5)

PAL2

or P.A.L.


abbreviation

Police Athletic League.

Definition for pal (4 of 5)

pal.

paleography.
paleontology.

Definition for pal (5 of 5)

Pal.

Palestine.
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British Dictionary definitions for pal (1 of 3)

pal
/ (pæl) informal /

noun

a close friend; comrade
an accomplice

verb pals, palling or palled

(intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
See also pal up

Word Origin for pal

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

British Dictionary definitions for pal (2 of 3)

PAL
/ (pæl) /

n acronym for

phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe

British Dictionary definitions for pal (3 of 3)

Pal.

abbreviation for

Palestine
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