strip mall


Definition of strip mall

: a long usually one-story building or group of buildings housing several adjacent retail stores or service establishments

Examples of strip mall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The brewery, owned by Nick Reistad, head brewers Scott Kelley, a physician specializing in dermatopathology; James Gosset, a vascular surgeon; and investor entrepreneur Kevin Brandenburg first opened in a strip mall at 2244 W. Blue Mound Road. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Raised Grain Brewing celebrates a 4-year-anniversary, and the first in its larger taproom," 13 Sep. 2019 But for now, at least, the area’s boxy strip malls remain home to hidden gems both old and new. Ethan Varian, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Exploring Hollywood Boulevard, like a local," 16 Aug. 2019 Her rendering of the Happy Foot Sad Foot, alone in a strip mall on Sunset without pedestrians or cars, captures the sign in all its banal and lonely glory. Margaret Wappler,, "The Happy Foot Sad Foot sign is moving. These books may fill the foot-shaped void in your heart," 12 July 2019 The alleged robbery at the T-Mobile store, in a strip mall on North Second Street between Main and East Madison, happened just after 9 p.m., MacArthur said in a statement. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon robbery suspects lead pursuit to Rolando; 1 arrested, 2 remain at large," 28 June 2019 Meanwhile, about 40 people came out Thursday evening to a Dolton strip mall to speak out against the recent spate of violence in that city, including the fatal shooting of Akeira. Rosemary Sobol,, "One week before starting school, life of Simeon cheerleader, 16, cut short as bullets meant for someone else pierce abdomen in Dolton," 29 Aug. 2019 Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three robbery suspects caught on video stealing a woman’s purse behind a strip mall. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis police seek help in identifying robbery suspects caught on video," 21 Aug. 2019 At the same time, local politician Anthony Underwood leaned on Gipson to open his establishment as a business in a Bessemer strip mall. al, "‘We’re just getting this place back in order:’ The next chapter at Gip’s will sing the juke joint’s gospel," 13 Aug. 2019 Ceviche Project resides without much street presence in a strip mall painted a distracting shade of eggplant. Los Angeles Times, "Silver Lake’s Ceviche Project is a restaurant made for summertime," 8 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strip mall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of strip mall

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about strip mall

Statistics for strip mall

Last Updated

18 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for strip mall

The first known use of strip mall was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for strip mall

strip mall


English Language Learners Definition of strip mall

US : a long building that is divided into separate shops which usually have outside entrances and which share a parking lot

More from Merriam-Webster on strip mall

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with strip mall

Comments on strip mall

What made you want to look up strip mall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!