\ˈmȯl, 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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Demonstrators have staged protests at the mall and other locations in Hoover. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Man charged in mall shooting didn’t start the melee," 5 Dec. 2018 The same appeal might not translate if Nintendo expanded the concept to every mall and shopping center in the country. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Gallery: Exploring Nintendo’s flagship New York City store," 2 Sep. 2018 One of designer Sasha Bikoff’s favorites, this six-day-a-week antique mall and general store is located near Lancaster, PA, about one hour and fifteen minutes outside of Philly. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 The Japanese retailer has been selling popular items in malls and airports across the country for about a year now. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Vest dispenser at San Francisco airport making good money despite passengers' mocking," 31 July 2018 Jennifer, mother of four-month-old Sienna, dashed out for a solo trip to the mall to buy a new outfit for her 30th-birthday dinner. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Therapy for Pregnant Women With Anxiety Offers Alternative to Medication," 3 Nov. 2018 Ooh Wee Burger Bar and Grill is coming this summer to the mall in Calumet City. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: Raffy’s opens sweet shop in Frankfort," 12 June 2018 The hotels are within walking distance to the mall. Paul Brinkmann,, "Marriott hotels near Mall at Millenia to open Wednesday," 2 Apr. 2018 Shoplifting, SouthPark Center: On March 17, police were dispatched to the mall after a store security guard was chasing a shoplifter through the parking lot. John Benson,, "Woman unhappy about neighbor's loud music: Strongsville Police Blotter," 28 Mar. 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


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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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