mall

noun

ˈmȯl How to pronounce mall (audio)
 especially British and for sense 1  ˈmal
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
3
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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 problem slowed down voting in both traditionally Democratic and Republican areas, especially at an outlet mall in conservative far-flung Anthem. Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2022 The last mass death in the southeast Asian country was two years ago, when a former soldier went on a rampage at a military site before targeting shoppers at a mall in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, known as Korat, further south. Anna Coren, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 While shopping at the Harbor Lifestyle mall in Mérida, Mexico this year, 24-year-old hospitality student Mascha Rudolph, did a double-take. Byyvonne Lau, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2022 Little major damage was reported, but at least one person was killed under a wall that collapsed at a mall in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima, according to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Harold Maass, The Week, 20 Sep. 2022 And the San Diego River might rise by several feet, likely limiting access to Fashion Valley mall in Mission Valley. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 Currently, the closest Nike outlet store is at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass outlet mall in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 26 Aug. 2022 Cell phone video and photos captured the slow-moving Lincoln MKX driving past baffled onlookers and stores at the mall in Braintree just before noon. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 20 Aug. 2022 The shooting sparked panic at the biggest mall in America as shoppers fled for safety. Paul Best, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

short for obsolete pall-mall mallet used in pall-mall

First Known Use

circa 1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mall was circa 1660

Dictionary Entries Near mall

Cite this Entry

“Mall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mall. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

mall

noun

1
: a shaded walk : promenade
2
: a usually paved or grassy strip between two roadways
3
a
: a group of stores and often restaurants arranged about an often covered way for pedestrians
b
: a usually large suburban building or group of buildings containing shops and often restaurants with connecting passageways

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