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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In last night's episode, fans spotted the cup on the table of the great hall of Winterfell as the surviving army celebrated their victory against the battle against the undead. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Rogue Coffee Cup in Game of Thrones Has Been Edited Out," 7 May 2019 In a video posted to Twitter by a fellow classmate, three police officers are seen speaking with Moss at the back of the lecture hall. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A white professor called police on a black student for putting her feet up in class," 14 Nov. 2018 Trump asked, pointing to the media in the back of the hall. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump defends Russia and North Korea meetings, attacks 'overrated' Bob Casey at Pennsylvania rally," 2 Oct. 2018 Sharks are the stars of a splashy new exhibit hall at the New York Aquarium that marks a major step in the beachfront facility’s recovery from the devastating impact of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Washington Post, "Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit," 26 June 2018 The architects also discreetly tucked a new staircase along the west wall of the hall. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "How a Philadelphia lawyer turned a historic bank into a shrine to democracy (and his legal career)," 3 June 2018 The pop-up will sit right in the middle of the food hall and resemble VH’s renowned decor, from the tall booths to candlelight, so don something dapper and get ready for a strong drink. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 31 May 2018 In it, each of the boys walks with an offering to a booth in the center of an ornate hall. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS Released a Sneak Peek of New Music Video "Fake Love" Ahead of Billboard Music Awards," 16 May 2018 Ran on: 08-26-2007 Murals depicting a populist vision of California history decorate walls of the dining hall in San Quentin State Prison. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Mayor Farrell could get to stay in office for a few extra weeks," 7 May 2018

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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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