Meaning Friend
Type Slang
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Usage General (not just online)

Mate means the same thing as "friend" in countries like England, Australia, and New Zealand. It is also used in the United States and other European countries, but not as frequently. While mate is typically used informally, it can be used in formal situations as well.

Example "That's a great colour on you mate!"
Updated January 19, 2015