\ 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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The place has been given a shot of life by Hop Dogma Brewing Co., which moved its taproom from El Granada (across Highway 1) to the mall earlier this year. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Half Moon Bay harbor," 11 July 2018 In addition to the mall, a seven story office tower is being constructed adjacent to the grounds. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 From a church to the mall, droves of friends, families and strangers gathered, including Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Victims of Capital Gazette shooting remembered at vigil," 29 June 2018 But despite tough times for many stores in the US, plenty of us still enjoy a trip to the mall. Tom Page, CNN, "New top global retail destination revealed for 2018," 22 May 2018 The 350,000-square-foot property includes a spa and gym, dining options and event and meeting space at the casino adjacent to Arundel Mills mall. Meredith Cohn,, "Live branded hotel to open at the Live Casino in Anne Arundel County," 22 May 2018 While the Sears, built in 1977, is attached to the mall, its real estate is separately owned by Sears. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Sears store at Twelves Oaks Mall to be sold at auction, remain open," 12 Apr. 2018 Not all succeeded — in 2008, the Downtown Memphis Commission concluded that 85 percent of pedestrian malls had been reopened to traffic, at least partially. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 Dear Doreen: [In reference to the huge turnout at the Build-a-Bear Workshop event on July 12] My husband went with our son, saw the line and left the mall. Doreen Christensen,, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 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


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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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