\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The group’s Cuban American chairman, Enrique Tarrio, said members have made the holiday jaunt to the mall an annual tradition and are mainly there to celebrate and watch fireworks, not to mix it up with protesters. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "In an era of racial unrest, Americans converging in D.C. to celebrate the Fourth of July question the meaning of freedom," 5 July 2020 Police had been called to the mall after reports of a fight. oregonlive, "Documents reveal Clackamas County deputy placed shin on head of 12-year-old boy during 2019 incident, lawsuit pending," 2 July 2020 Officers had been called to the mall by security for a disturbance involving 10 people, one of whom reportedly had a gun. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jay-Z's social justice group calls for prosecution of a Wauwatosa cop who has shot and killed three people. Here's what we know.," 2 July 2020 Police later cordoned off different areas of the mall, including the atrium, detaining and searching several protesters. Zen Soo And Ken Moritsugu, USA TODAY, "China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law," 30 June 2020 Morgan, who started fixing electronics as a side gig in 2013, had been operating out of the mall for over a year. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "Black North Carolina business owners adapt to financial uncertainty amid pandemic," 25 June 2020 Deputies were dispatched to the mall, located at 7875 Montgomery Road in Sycamore Township, just after 1:30 p.m., the release states. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Sheriff: Mother, son wanted after fight breaks out in Kenwood Towne Center parking lot," 23 June 2020 The poll also found that over half of the public is willing to do normal activities such as going to a mall. Alexandra Lonas, Washington Examiner, "Why social distance? People who stayed home askance at mass protests," 16 June 2020 Thousands of people took to the grass mall on the University of Arizona campus for a peaceful protest in Tucson that included three hours of speeches and performances by local black activists and artists. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Saturday police protests: Phoenix mayor attends for first time; Tucson crowd enters I-10," 6 June 2020

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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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The first known use of mall was circa 1660

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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce mall (audio)

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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