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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

Noun 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 Chronicle examined this unrecognized shift and its implications for criminal justice and society in an investigative series that prompted San Francisco to plan to close its juvenile hall. San Francisco Chronicle, "The best of Chronicle storytelling," 1 Jan. 2021 Austin’s childhood home turns out to have its own greenhouse, a boathouse, a dance hall, and a yacht. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 In July, Novoa traveled to Mexico to check on preparations for the banquet hall, her daughter’s dress and outfits for her young attendants. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, "Defying the pandemic, Latinos missing loved ones travel to their homelands for the holiday," 24 Dec. 2020 Specifically, the following week, the 270 students in Garrigus Suites residence hall, where many athletes live, were placed under a two-week quarantine due to rising cases in that dorm. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Nearly 1 in 5 UConn athletes tested positive for COVID-19 this semester, three times the rate for non-athlete students," 22 Dec. 2020 Lee had stood with George Washington since 1909 as Virginia’s representative in the Capitol’s honorary hall, where every state gets two statues. Washington Post, "Virginia’s statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol," 21 Dec. 2020 As more on-campus classes and activities resume in the future, the University of Holy Cross stands ready to offer an even more robust experience with its first residence hall, which opened in 2018. Amanda Mcelfresh, NOLA.com, "University of Holy Cross celebrates tradition of excellence as it broadens horizons to adapt to 21st Century," 17 Dec. 2020 The Concert Truck residency – In addition to its concert hall and digital performances, the DSO is taking its music to the community through The Concert Truck. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "The Dallas Symphony Orchestra uses the spirit of celebration to resume beloved musical traditions," 16 Dec. 2020 In July, the museum plans to embark on the more extensive Phase II of its big project, which will include a new, 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, main lobby and café area. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Natural History completes $8.9M ‘Gateway’ projects as part of $150M expansion and renovation," 12 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of hall was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hall. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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