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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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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 In an e-mail, Silko recalled the three of them visiting an old storytellers’ hall in southern China. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Maxine Hong Kingston’s Genre-Defying Life and Work," 1 June 2020 In Anchorage, certain establishments acted as fronts for alcohol, especially cigar stores and pool halls. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "History of the ‘Phantom Swede’ and the origin of Bootlegger Cove’s name," 1 June 2020 Requiems are often performed in concert halls and other secular settings. E.b., The Economist, "Grant them rest In times of shared grief, requiems have offered solace," 1 June 2020 Many of the Valley's casinos reopened with added safety precautions in mid-May after nearly two months of empty card tables and quiet bingo halls. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Masks, no smoking: The last Phoenix-area casinos to reopen will have the tightest safety restrictions," 1 June 2020 The updated four bedroom, 4½-bathroom residence at 3202 Drexel Drive in Highland Park features a center hall floor plan. Dallas News, "Firm showcases residences ideal for sheltering in place, working from home," 31 May 2020 Rodeos, bingo halls and aquariums also were allowed to reopen. USA TODAY, "Milk giveaway, ‘Pass the pork,’ famous rodeo foiled: News from around our 50 states," 28 May 2020 These steps will need higher spending by cinema hall owners, who will eventually need to charge customers more. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Will India’s movie theatres pass the Covid-19 litmus test?," 25 May 2020 Brittainy Newman/The New York Times The coronavirus has smothered New York City’s economy and sealed off its museums and concert halls like crime scenes. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "The Virus Has Wrecked Some Families. It Has Brought Others Closer.," 24 May 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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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hall. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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