pen pal

noun
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:
1935–40, Americanism

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

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These disclosures also include chat rooms, message boards, pen pal services and personal home pages.
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
The website has become a popular pen pal program, and provides a welcome distraction for the soldier.
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