\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce mall (audio) , especially British and for sense 1 ˈmal\

Definition of mall

1 : an alley used for pall-mall

2 [ The Mall, promenade in London, originally a pall-mall alley ]

a : a usually public area often set with shade trees and designed as a promenade or as a pedestrian walk
b : a usually paved or grassy strip between two roadways
3a : an urban shopping area featuring a variety of shops surrounding a usually open-air concourse reserved for pedestrian traffic
b : a usually large suburban building or group of buildings containing various shops with associated passageways

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Examples of mall in a Sentence

They spent the afternoon shopping at the mall. the pedestrian traffic through the grassy mall is heaviest during the summer lunch hours

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So, rather than immediately running to the mall for your 2019 wardrobe, try to invest in pieces from brands that aim for environmental responsibility, like Eileen Fisher and Everlane. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 2019 In its place, a 41,000-square-foot BistroPlex, operated by Marcus Corp., will be attached to the mall. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Demolition underway at Sears store in Brookfield Square; BistroPlex, hotel, bumper cars will take its place," 6 June 2018 The three-story mall is still open but the remaining leases will expire by the end of January and renovation will begin later this year, said Victor Coleman, chairman and chief executive of Hudson Pacific Properties. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Google to Lease Office Space in a Los Angeles Mall," 8 Jan. 2019 But not every mall is benefiting from the shift by online retailers. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 The hot pink, Instagram-able retail spot is housed inside a metal shipping container situated in the mall’s Macy’s Court, near the Pink by Victoria’s Secret store. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Hello Kitty Cafe pops up at Fashion Valley — for awhile," 31 May 2018 Le Turtle, 177 Chrystie St, New York This spot isn't your run-of-the-mill record shop; housed in an unassuming location inside the New York Mart mall, 2 Brides Music Art also sells new and used books, magazines, and tapes from a variety of genres. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "What to Wear Around One of New York City’s Coolest Neighborhoods," 8 Oct. 2018 Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is seen in video from the January encounter rushing up to a 16-year-old fan inside the mall who had just recorded video of the rapper. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine arrested in New York for alleged assault inside Houston’s Galleria Mall," 12 July 2018 The video begins with the men walking into the store located inside the mall, 11401 Pines Blvd. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Duo dashes with $45,000 in diamonds from busy jewelry store as cameras roll.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of mall

circa 1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mall

short for obsolete pall-mall mallet used in pall-mall

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English Language Learners Definition of mall

: a large building or group of buildings containing stores of many different kinds and sizes
: a public area where people walk


\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce mall (audio) \

Kids Definition of mall

1 : a large building or group of buildings containing a variety of shops
2 : a public area for pedestrians

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