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PAL

1.
Police Athletic League.
Also, P.A.L.
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British Dictionary definitions for p. a. l

pal

/pæl/
noun
1.
a close friend; comrade
2.
an accomplice
verb pals, palling, palled
3.
(intransitive; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
See also pal up
Word Origin
C17: from English Gypsy: brother, ultimately from Sanskrit bhrātarbrother

PAL

/pæl/
noun acronym
1.
phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
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Word Origin and History for p. a. l

pal

n.

1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal "brother, comrade," variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata "brother" (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.

v.

1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for p. a. l

pal

noun

A friend, esp a very close male friend; boon companion; buddy: has many devoted friends, but he is nobody's ''pal'' (1681+)

verb

pal around (1899+)

[fr Romany phral, phal, ''brother, friend,'' ultimately fr Sanskrit bhratr, ''brother'']


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Related Abbreviations for p. a. l

PAL

  1. phase alternation line
  2. Police Athletic League
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