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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

The rest is empty space that will someday host a coffee shop and food hall. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 The breakout offering, though, has to be the food hall, called The Galley, which will have a bakery, taco bar, panini shop, sushi spot, and a 24-hour American-style diner. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Can't Handle How Good the Food Will Be on Virgin Voyages," 7 Nov. 2018 The Mountain Village’s central dining area, now a cafeteria, is set to become a food hall with sushi, ramen and wood-fire pizza stations. Candace Jackson, WSJ, "A Secluded Ski Destination Gets a Luxury Home Lift," 1 Nov. 2018 The food hall includes a poke bar, an organic chicken sandwich counter, a wine bar and a Malaysian restaurant. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco officials to tech workers: Leave the office, buy your lunch," 31 July 2018 Also, the sit-down restaurants inside the new food hall in Brickell, La Centrale, will also offer Spice. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Miami Spice 2018 menus are out and your diet is officially over," 6 July 2018 The new food hall is eerily empty as vendors meet behind counters and a handful of guests work on laptops. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "New Orleans has two new food halls," 21 June 2018 Pythian is the latest food hall to open in New Orleans. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Pythian Market dishes out food from around the world: Opening alert," 1 June 2018 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

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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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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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