Today's Word of the Day means...
"Better late than never, Pal, is a saying applicable on the present occasion." [Lord Byron, 1807]
A friend, esp a very close male friend; boon companion; buddy: has many devoted friends, but he is nobody's ''pal'' (1681+)
pal around (1899+)
[fr Romany phral, phal, ''brother, friend,'' ultimately fr Sanskrit bhratr, ''brother'']