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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

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 Unlike the windowless conference halls in most hotels, each classroom in the KPMG Lakehouse opens to the outdoors. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "KPMG’s new $450 million employee training hub is a locus of experience design," 6 Feb. 2020 Video the suspect driving away from the residence hall in a dark-colored Hyundai Sonata, according to the affidavit. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Suspect was caught on video running from Texas A&M-Commerce dorm after fatal shooting, warrant says," 6 Feb. 2020 Wulff alleges Weinstein pulled her by the arm into the hall and up onto a private roof terrace as her manager closed the door despite her expressing distress to him. Eric Levenson, CNN, "2 expected to testify about Harvey Weinstein's sexual come-ons when they were aspiring actresses," 29 Jan. 2020 Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds once again failed to make it into the hall, as their careers have been overshadowed by allegations about use of performance enhancing drugs. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to MLB Hall of Fame," 21 Jan. 2020 The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's new concert hall in the former Warner Grand Theatre will get its close-up in October, with a live broadcast of the symphony's first subscription concert on Milwaukee PBS. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will show off its new concert hall with a live broadcast on Milwaukee PBS," 18 Dec. 2019 Shelby Hill, the son of former ASU and NFL receiver J.D. Hill, will go into the hall. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Maryvale football trio Sparks, Woodson, Galbreath to be inducted into PUHSD Hall of Fame," 16 Dec. 2019 All the other halls in the museum will close on June 30, 2020, and will stay closed for three years, until construction and re-installation is complete. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Yale’s Peabody Museum is closing for 3 years, but if you hurry, you can still see the dinosaurs before they are dismantled," 26 Nov. 2019 Guard announced the River North Art District closure on Tuesday, weeks after unveiling plans for a new food hall in the Tech Center. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Troy Guard’s Mister Tuna is the second restaurant to close this year at RiNo’s Industry building," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hall. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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