\ 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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Caruso successfully bucked the national death-of-the-shopping-mall narrative and at the same time redefined the concept. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 There's no way Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu drink shopping-mall smoothies. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Started Filming Their Movie Hustlers, and the Pics Are Already a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019 Many of the malls Sears occupies are in healthy shopping destinations. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Sears’ bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad," 16 Oct. 2018 The building was eventually demolished in the early 1990s to make way for The Shops at Church Square strip-mall., "Meghan Markle's surprising Cleveland connection: The Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018 But what if the Starcourt Mall isn't really a mall at all? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Stranger Things Season 3 Fan Theories That Will Turn Your Mind Upside Down," 22 Mar. 2019 And less than two weeks after Roberson’s death, police in Alabama fatally shot Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a black gun owner trying to flee a mall shooting. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 Police are charging him for appearing to use his toddler to steal toys and prizes out of a claw machine out at a New Hampshire mall. Fox News, "Democrats threaten to investigate Kavanaugh after midterms," 21 Sep. 2018 The Truth About Christmas, which stars Kali Hawk and Damon Dayoub, follows Jillian, a political consultant and PR guru who can't stop telling the truth after a run-in with a mall Santa. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Freeform Just Expanded Their 2018 '25 Days of Christmas' Lineup With 3 New Movies," 23 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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