\ 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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The 160-seat space includes a wraparound bar and booth seats, and a 50-seat patio on the mall. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Loon Cafe now open in former Great Waters space," 8 July 2019 Dropping children in front of the computer is a little like letting them cruise the mall for the afternoon. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 Tonight, The Killers will perform a free concert downtown at Cleveland’s malls. Anne Nickoloff,, "11 things to do in Cleveland on Saturday, July 6," 6 July 2019 Try to snag a table outside, on the Main Street pedestrian mall, and sample at least one of their drool-worthy pastries or breads. Jeanette Marantos,, "Four Hours: A beat-the-heat tour of historic Riverside and the Mission Inn," 6 July 2019 Elite also has signed a lease to open another restaurant in mid-October in Escondido at Westfield North County mall. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After bankruptcy, 3 different owners, how Mediterranean restaurant Daphne’s has landed on its feet," 5 July 2019 Fans reveled in the brief release from all that monstrous mall madness. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Did This One Character Completely Alter the Stranger Things Season 3 Ending? People Seem Pretty Convinced," 5 July 2019 Barnes said a crash occurred near the Lakewood mall after officers maneuvered to force the man’s car to stop. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Man dead after police chase, crash, officer-involved shooting in Lakewood, police say," 4 July 2019 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the mall's modern stores were completely made over with '80s-style signage for some of the third season's most pivotal scenes: Of course, some of Stranger Things is shot on TV sets. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Hawkins, Indiana From 'Stranger Things' Doesn’t Exist, But Here’s Where the Show Films," 4 July 2019

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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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