hall

noun
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce hall (audio) \

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

Hall

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\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce Hall (audio) \

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

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

Several formed the city of East San Diego in 1912, with strict rules of no liquor, gambling, dance halls or guns. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "City Heights: Diverse community has become the melting pot of San Diego," 30 June 2019 Housing prices for apartments and residence halls went up in price between $100 and $180, while meal plans are up between $100 and $120 for the upcoming academic year. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Many Indiana colleges and universities are increasing tuition. Here's how much they cost.," 29 June 2019 The new building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, will serve as an entrance hall and guide to the island’s major sites. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Berlin’s Newest Art Temple," 28 June 2019 The main entry features a small anteroom that opens to a much larger central hall. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 215 South Main Street, West Hartford," 28 June 2019 Family, friends and colleagues will share memories about the victims, and the event will conclude with a candlelight illumination of the hall’s labyrinth. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "'Far richer for having known them': One year later, Capital Gazette shooting victims remembered with garden," 28 June 2019 Black-and-white photos capture elderly couples and gatherings in dining halls and ballrooms of Miami in the 1970s. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "DeLand museum showcases photographer Gary Monroe’s travels and collections," 28 June 2019 CBS News was not allowed to interview minors in Homestead, but were shown some of the smaller, stark dormitories, though the facility does have much larger halls that can accommodate more than 140 beds. CBS News, "Inside the controversial migrant detention center in Homestead, Florida," 28 June 2019 Village officials said the crash did not leave any structural damage to village hall. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Car crashes into side of Deerfield Village Hall, causes injuries and minor damage," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of hall

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hall

Noun

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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More Definitions for hall

hall

noun

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.

hall

noun
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce hall (audio) \

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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