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.
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- pen computer,
- pen drive,
- pen friend,
- pen name,
- pen pusher,
Origin of pen pal
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for pen-pal
But Lovell says inmates who are involved in pen-pal relationships tend to do better in prison.
a person with whom one regularly exchanges letters, often a person in another country whom one has not metAlso called: pen friend
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