hall

noun \ ˈhȯl \

Definition of hall

1 a :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
4 a (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
5 a :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

Examples of hall in a Sentence

  1. The bathroom is down the hall.

  2. Her office is at the end of the hall.

  3. I'll meet you in the front hall.

  4. The front door opens onto a large hall.

  5. We rented a hall for the wedding reception.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


Hall

biographical name \ ˈhȯl \

Definition of Hall

Charles Francis 1821–1871 American arctic explorer

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Charles Martin 1863–1914 American chemist and manufacturer

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

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James Norman 1887–1951 American novelist

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John L(ewis) 1934–     American physicist


HALL Defined for English Language Learners

hall

noun

Definition of hall for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


HALL Defined for Kids

hall

noun \ ˈhȯl \

Definition of hall for Students

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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