noun \ˈml, especially British & for 1 ˈmal\

: a large building or group of buildings containing stores of many different kinds and sizes

: a public area where people walk

Full Definition of MALL

:  an alley used for pall-mall
[The Mall, promenade in London, originally a pall-mall alley]
a :  a usually public area often set with shade trees and designed as a promenade or as a pedestrian walk
b :  a usually paved or grassy strip between two roadways
a :  an urban shopping area featuring a variety of shops surrounding a usually open-air concourse reserved for pedestrian traffic
b :  a usually large suburban building or group of buildings containing various shops with associated passageways

Examples of MALL

  1. They spent the afternoon shopping at the mall.
  2. <the pedestrian traffic through the grassy mall is heaviest during the summer lunch hours>

Origin of MALL

short for obsolete pall-mall mallet used in pall-mall
First Known Use: 1644

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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