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

Hall

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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

Hall

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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

The pair initially got their start at the Galley Group’s Pittsburgh food hall. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit-style pizza place opens at downtown Fort Street Galley," 12 July 2019 Also at Bottleworks: All the new restaurants coming to the food hall on Mass Ave. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Remember Clancy’s Hamburgers? It's coming to the Bottleworks food hall on Mass Ave.," 9 July 2019 The entry states that Moreau was killed while working at a concert hall by his boss and a colleague. oregonlive.com, "Former Portland nightclub owner convicted in 1990 murder arrested on drug charges," 8 July 2019 Critics, including Juvenile Probation Chief Alan Nance, have questioned whether there was enough time to fully adopt alternatives to juvenile hall before the mandated closure. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "It’s official: SF juvenile hall to close by the end of 2021," 3 July 2019 Brian Culley of Encinitas left, and Danny Cappiello of Solana Beach drink beer under the hot sun of the annual Olivenhain Octoberfest held at the historic Olivenhain meeting hall on Sunday. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olivenhain: Upscale community prizes its rural atmosphere," 27 June 2019 No one has made the Cooperstown case for Hodges more faithfully than Mr. Seaver, who was elected to the hall himself in 1992. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Basking in Baseball’s Summer of ’69," 24 June 2019 Meanwhile, the phones at the union hall, O’Hara told me, ring constantly with local residents calling with suggestions to save the plant. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "The Road Not Taken," 24 June 2019 As a nurse's assistant, Tillman was responsible for moving patients to and from showers and to the dining hall. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Nurse's assistant charged after dropping, injuring 96-year-old woman," 11 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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