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Definition of hall 

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1a : the castle or house of a medieval king or noble

b : the chief living room in such a structure

2 : the manor house of a landed proprietor

3 : a large usually imposing building for public or semipublic purposes

4a(1) : a building used by a college or university for some special purpose

(2) : dormitory

b : a college or a division of a college at some universities

c(1) : the common dining room of an English college

(2) : a meal served there

5a : the entrance room of a building : lobby

b : a corridor or passage in a building

6 : a large room for assembly : auditorium

7 : a place used for public entertainment


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Definition of Hall (Entry 2 of 7)

Charles Francis 1821–1871 American arctic explorer


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Definition of Hall (Entry 3 of 7)

Charles Martin 1863–1914 American chemist and manufacturer


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Definition of Hall (Entry 4 of 7)

G(ranville) Stanley 1844–1924 American psychologist and educator


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Definition of Hall (Entry 5 of 7)

James Norman 1887–1951 American novelist


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Definition of Hall (Entry 6 of 7)

Jeffrey C(onnor) 1945–     American biologist


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Definition of Hall (Entry 7 of 7)

John L(ewis) 1934–     American physicist

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Examples of hall in a Sentence


The bathroom is down the hall. Her office is at the end of the hall. I'll meet you in the front hall. The front door opens onto a large hall. We rented a hall for the wedding reception.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fire station, which at one time was the village hall, was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The state is helping Menomonee Falls transform its historic fire station into a new restaurant and banquet hall," 10 July 2018 How to order food Servers in this food-hall-style space do not take food orders. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Sun King Distillery in Carmel: What to know before you go," 3 July 2018 Two other food halls, Lyric Market and Bravery Chef Hall, are also slated to open downtown this year. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Swallow’s Nest and St. Jac’s bars join Finn Hall," 25 June 2018 The hall-of-famer posted a video of him appearing to run a 40-yard-dash in the 4.40-second range. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "44-year-old Terrell Owens is running a 4.4 40-yard-dash, apparently," 18 June 2018 That makes Hadid just one of many famous fashion faces to walk the halls of the New School. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Reveals What She'd Be Doing If She Weren't Modeling," 11 July 2018 In its place, the office of Jane Kim, whose district La Cocina resides within, will provide $100,000 to the food hall pursuit, Zigas added. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "La Cocina’s Tenderloin food hall takes a step forward," 11 July 2018 Cut to Offred pumping breast milk into mostly empty bottles in the gray, sterile light of a empty Red Center dorm hall under the supervision of several Aunts. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 William Flannigan/The Republic There's a ghost in a residence hall at Northern Arizona University. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Rooftop pools? Haunted buildings? 8 Arizona university myths debunked, confirmed," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of hall


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hall


Middle English halle, from Old English heall; akin to Old High German halla hall, Latin cella small room, celare to conceal — more at hell

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English Language Learners Definition of hall

: a usually long, narrow passage inside a building with doors that lead to rooms on the sides

: the area inside the entrance of a building

: a large room or building for meetings, entertainment, etc.


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Kids Definition of hall

1 : a passage in a building that leads to rooms : corridor

2 : an entrance room

4 : a large building used for public purposes city hall

5 : a building or large room set apart for a special purpose a dining hall

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