pen pal

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  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for pen pal

pen pal

  1. a person with whom one regularly exchanges letters, often a person in another country whom one has not met: Also called: pen friend

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