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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 Once inside the Grand Place exhibition hall, patients will have their temperature checked. Dallas News, "Bring ID, come early: Patients vaccinated at Fair Park share tips for people scheduled for shots," 3 Feb. 2021 Around 30 of them had gathered inside the hall over the summer, congregating around a single, unfinished column. New York Times, "He Brought Moynihan Train Hall to Life, but Didn’t Live to See It," 15 Jan. 2021 Only a few people wore masks inside the convention hall Tuesday. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, "Maskless young conservatives chant ‘four more years’ with Pence at West Palm Beach conference that flouts COVID-19 rules," 22 Dec. 2020 This year’s list featured Thattu, a Keralan restaurant inside a Chicago food hall. Washington Post, "Media can make or break a food business, but to some, it feels like a pay-to-play system," 7 Nov. 2020 Scaman said the drop box has to be located inside village hall near the early voting booths as the county requested. chicagotribune.com, "Polling place workers overcome technical glitches as hundreds vote early at Oak Park village hall," 20 Oct. 2020 Even inside the convention hall, things got heated: Dan Rather was famously punched in the stomach by security while trying to interview a Georgia delegate being escorted out of the building. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind The Trial of the Chicago 7," 17 Oct. 2020 Concerns also rose because the president's entourage at the first debate had violated rules requiring all parties inside the debate hall to wear masks, removing theirs even as the Biden team wore facial coverings. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Remaining presidential debates up in air," 9 Oct. 2020 Several members of the Trump family did not wear masks inside the debate hall during the first debate. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Mike Pence vs Kamala Harris: Here's how to watch the vice presidential debate," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of hall was before the 12th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Hall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hall. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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