[ pal ]
/ pæl /
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)
[ pal ]
/ pæl /
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 PAL1
P(arcel) A(ir) L(ift)
Definition for pal (3 of 5)
Police Athletic League.
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British Dictionary definitions for pal (1 of 3)
/ (pæl) informal /
a close friend; comrade
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)
/ (pæl) /
n acronym for
phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
British Dictionary definitions for pal (3 of 3)
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