\ 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 mall was in receivership at the time of this week's sale, Tash said. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 The mall has been mostly empty for years, which makes no sense to nearby resident Ricky Grigsby. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 The store’s imagery, which shows what could be a mobile phone shop in a mall, offers none of the colorful aspects of VR or high-end feel of Ray-Ban’s outlets. Adario Strange, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 Every store in the mall catered to different shoppers, as the doc points out., 25 Apr. 2022 Police said at least two people fired shots in the mall. Harold Maass, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Target was in talks to open a space in the mall last year, although those negotiations had fallen through by summer. Talia Soglin,, 6 Apr. 2022 The long lines at Lau’s stand caught the attention of the owner of the Asia Plaza, who offered him a space in the mall. cleveland, 25 Mar. 2022 The mall has been mostly empty for years, which makes no sense to nearby resident Ricky Grigsby. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Mall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mall


\ 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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