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pen pal

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
1935-40, Americanism Unabridged
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pen pal

a person with whom one regularly exchanges letters, often a person in another country whom one has not met Also called pen friend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pen-pal

also pen pal, 1931, from pen (n.1) + pal (n.). gradually replacing earlier pen-friend (1919).

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