[ pal ]
/ pæl /


a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
an accomplice.

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

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

Nearby words

  1. pakokku,
  2. pakoko,
  3. pakora,
  4. pakse,
  5. pakthong,
  6. pal around,
  7. pal up,
  8. pal.,
  9. palabra,
  10. palace

Origin of pal

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


or P.A.L.

Police Athletic League.


[ 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 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).

Origin of PAL

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


Pal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pal


/ (pæl) informal /


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


/ (pæl) /

n acronym for

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


abbreviation for

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