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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

Then there was -- the door was never completely closed to the hall. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 La Cocina has officially signed a lease at 101 Hyde St. in the Tenderloin, envisioned as the future home of its sprawling food hall and culinary incubator. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "La Cocina’s Tenderloin food hall takes a step forward," 11 July 2018 Tompkins Hall has announced about half of the vendors expected for the food hall, shown in an artist's rendering. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's new food hall announces new tenants, including a local food-truck chef," 28 June 2018 The clip features Drake and his former faux classmates rolling up to the Degrassi halls for the class of 2007’s eleventh reunion. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "Celeb Cast Reunions," 14 June 2018 After hearty applause and the ceremony’s completion, attendees headed to the Library’s main hall for drinks, dancing, and dessert before descending the iconic steps into the night. Noor Brara, Vogue, "The New York Public Library Celebrates the Young Lions Fiction Award With a Summer Party," 8 June 2018 So frequent were his visits to the small hall, the story says, that he was politely asked, according to Politico, to pursue other dining options. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Scott Pruitt did what now?," 7 June 2018 Readers even get a look at the washer and dryer in the laundry room adjacent to the beverage hall. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Some designer showhouse, Kansas City. Where's the kitchen? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Portraits of Lurleen Wallace and her husband, four-time Alabama governor George Wallace, were moved in 2015 from the rotunda to the hall leading to the Secretary of State's Office. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "One dead in Lipscomb house fire Wednesday morning," 2 May 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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The first known use of hall was before the 12th century

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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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