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hall

[hawl] /hɔl/
noun
1.
a corridor or passageway in a building.
2.
the large entrance room of a house or building; vestibule; lobby.
3.
a large room or building for public gatherings; auditorium:
convention hall; concert hall.
4.
a large building for residence, instruction, or other purposes, at a college or university.
5.
a college at a university.
6.
  1. a large room in which the members and students dine.
  2. dinner in such a room.
7.
British. a mansion or large residence, especially one on a large estate.
8.
British Informal. music hall.
9.
the chief room in a medieval castle or similar structure, used for eating, sleeping, and entertaining.
10.
the castle, house, or similar structure of a medieval chieftain or noble.
11.
Southeastern U.S.: Older Use. the living room or family room of a house.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English heall; cognate with Old Norse hǫll, German Halle; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, Latin cēlāre to hide (see conceal)
Related forms
subhall, noun
Can be confused
hall, haul.

Hall

[hawl] /hɔl/
noun
1.
Asaph
[ey-suh f] /ˈeɪ səf/ (Show IPA),
1829–1907, U.S. astronomer: discovered the satellites of Mars.
2.
Charles Francis, 1821–71, U.S. Arctic explorer.
3.
Charles Martin, 1863–1914, U.S. chemist, metallurgist, and manufacturer.
4.
Donald, born 1928, U.S. poet and editor.
5.
Granville Stanley, 1846–1924, U.S. psychologist and educator.
6.
James Norman, 1887–1951, U.S. novelist.
7.
(Marguerite) Radclyffe [rad-klif] /ˈræd klɪf/ (Show IPA), 1880–1943, English writer.
8.
Prince, 1748–1807, U.S. clergyman and abolitionist, born in Barbados: fought at Bunker Hill.
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Examples from the web for hall
  • And now the sound of the music from the common room, or hall, summoned to the dance.
  • Champagne flutes shatter, monocles crack and the chandelier explodes as the power of her voice wreaks havoc on the concert hall.
  • The floor shuddered and started to quiver as a roar filled the cavernous hall.
  • hall, a diminutive village in comparison, actually has a bigger old center.
  • Outside animal enclosures and an indoor natural history exhibit hall featuring live native animals.
  • Ring's expenses included hiring the hall and picking up the tasters' travel costs.
  • Wright's was steeple, chapel and parish hall all in one.
  • To me, his art is one or two notches above flower arranging for the village hall.
  • The columns formed the edges of the great peristyle hall, or sun court, and once stood.
  • On the north side of the peristyle hall, the statues are made from quartzite from near.
British Dictionary definitions for hall

hall

/hɔːl/
noun
1.
a room serving as an entry area within a house or building
2.
(sometimes capital) a building for public meetings
3.
(often capital) the great house of an estate; manor
4.
a large building or room used for assemblies, worship, concerts, dances, etc
5.
a residential building, esp in a university; hall of residence
6.
  1. a large room, esp for dining, in a college or university
  2. a meal eaten in this room
7.
the large room of a house, castle, etc
8.
(US & Canadian) a passage or corridor into which rooms open
9.
(often pl) (informal) short for music hall
Word Origin
Old English heall; related to Old Norse höll, Old High German halla hall, Latin celacell1, Old Irish cuile cellar, Sanskrit śālā hut; see hell

Hall

/hɔːl/
noun
1.
Charles Martin. 1863–1914, US chemist: discovered the electrolytic process for producing aluminium
2.
Sir John. 1824–1907, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister of New Zealand (1879–82)
3.
Sir Peter. born 1930, English stage director: director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960–73) and of the National Theatre (1973–88)
4.
(Margueritte) Radclyffe. 1883–1943, British novelist and poet. Her frank treatment of a lesbian theme in the novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) led to an obscenity trial
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Word Origin and History for hall
n.

Old English heall "place covered by a roof, spacious roofed residence, temple, law-court," from Proto-Germanic *khallo "to cover, hide" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German halla, German halle, Dutch hal, Old Norse höll "hall;" Old English hell, Gothic halja "hell"), from PIE root *kel- "to hide, conceal" (see cell). Sense of "entry, vestibule" evolved 17c., at a time when the doors opened onto the main room of a house. Older sense preserved in town hall, music hall, etc., and in university dormitory names. Hall of fame attested by 1786 as an abstract concept; in sporting sense first attested 1901, in reference to Columbia College.

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hall in Medicine

Hall (hôl), Granville Stanley. 1844-1924.

American psychologist who established an experimental psychology laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (1882), founded child psychology, and profoundly influenced educational psychology.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hall

hall

Related Terms

chow hall


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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hall in the Bible

(Gr. aule, Luke 22:55; R.V., "court"), the open court or quadrangle belonging to the high priest's house. In Matt. 26:69 and Mark 14:66 this word is incorrectly rendered "palace" in the Authorized Version, but correctly "court" in the Revised Version. In John 10:1,16 it means a "sheep-fold." In Matt. 27:27 and Mark 15:16 (A.V., "common hall;" R.V., "palace") it refers to the proetorium or residence of the Roman governor at Jerusalem. The "porch" in Matt. 26:71 is the entrance-hall or passage leading into the central court, which is open to the sky.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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