- a person with whom one keeps up an exchange of letters, usually someone so far away that a personal meeting is unlikely: My niece in Texas has a pen pal in France.
Origin of pen pal
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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- a person with whom one regularly exchanges letters, often a person in another country whom one has not metAlso called: pen friend