\ 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 State media reported that authorities had been bracing for gang violence since December, when the leader of the Choneros gang was killed in a mall in Manta, a port city rife with drug trafficking. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Gang Warfare in Ecuador’s Prisons Kills Dozens," 24 Feb. 2021 In December, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in her family’s car near Phipps Plaza after a man fired a gun following a fight in the mall’s parking lot, according to police. Henri Hollis, ajc, "10 face gang-related charges stemming from fight at Douglasville mall," 23 Feb. 2021 Middle-school pupils were still home-learning, however, prompting some to stage a sit-down protest in a mall. NBC News, "Green Pass: Israel's Covid-19 vaccination certificate opens fast track to normal life," 21 Feb. 2021 Essentia boasts the largest share of square footage in the mall, which opened in 1973. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Essentia Health bringing surgery center to former Sears at Duluth mall," 2 Feb. 2021 Lofven went Christmas shopping in a mall without a face mask after explicitly appealing to Swedes to avoid such excursions., "UK authorizes COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford and AstraZeneca," 30 Dec. 2020 The San Antonio Police Department told the Washington Examiner that the man, identified as Eric Matthew Braden, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass-private property after protesting in the mall and not wearing a mask. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Crowd descends on 'disabled veteran for not wearing a mask' in 'disturbing' video footage," 29 Dec. 2020 Darwish said his family has owned the Athlete’s Foot shoe store in the mall for 23 years and locations of the chain at other Chicago area malls. Mike Nolan,, "Orland Square fight video pulled after comments poster called racist," 28 Dec. 2020 The family took advantage of deals at the Dillard’s in the mall. Austin Fuller,, "Restaurants and retailers adapt to an online, takeout world accelerated by the pandemic | Part 2 of Special Series," 16 Dec. 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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Last Updated

1 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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