\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce hall (audio) \

Definition of hall

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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The changes also include a major reconfiguration of the station’s bus terminal to align with a new train hall, the Federal Railroad Administration confirmed this week. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In the May 9 Section A, an article about Riot Games’ West Los Angeles headquarters stated that its employees are charged an hourly fee to play video games at PC Bang, a re-creation of a Korean gaming hall on the campus. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The Russian airstrike in the Luhansk region happened late Saturday in the village of Bilohorivka and hit a school and a nearby concert hall, causing a fire, authorities there said. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Other parts of the ThriveOn King redevelopment project include offices, apartments, a food hall and community space. Beck Andrew Salgado, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 For example, one video could be of me living inside a youth hall for 24 hours. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Across the street from the Adolphus is the Exchange, a bustling food hall that’s part of the new four-block, 300,000-square-foot AT&T Discovery District. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 Jo Ann Robinson, who played an instrumental role in the historic 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott in the mid-1950s, had a residence hall named after her on Alabama State University’s campus Tuesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 The campus eventually added a parish hall, meeting rooms, library and adjacent chapel. Jane Florance, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About hall

Time Traveler for hall

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near hall




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hall

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Hall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hall. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for hall


\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce hall (audio) \

Kids Definition of hall

1 : a passage in a building that leads to rooms
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

Hall biographical name (1)

\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce Hall (audio) \

Definition of Hall

 (Entry 1 of 6)

Charles Francis 1821–1871 American arctic explorer


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hall (Entry 2 of 6)

Charles Martin 1863–1914 American chemist and manufacturer


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hall (Entry 3 of 6)

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


biographical name (4)

Definition of Hall (Entry 4 of 6)

James Norman 1887–1951 American novelist


biographical name (5)

Definition of Hall (Entry 5 of 6)

Jeffrey C(onnor) 1945–     American biologist


biographical name (6)

Definition of Hall (Entry 6 of 6)

John L(ewis) 1934–     American physicist

More from Merriam-Webster on hall

Nglish: Translation of hall for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hall for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hall


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!