[mawl; British also mal]
Also called shopping mall. a large retail complex containing a variety of stores and often restaurants and other business establishments housed in a series of connected or adjacent buildings or in a single large building. Compare shopping center.
a large area, usually lined with shade trees and shrubbery, used as a public walk or promenade.
Chiefly Upstate New York. a strip of land, usually planted or paved, separating lanes of opposite traffic on highways, boulevards, etc.
the game of pall-mall.
the mallet used in the game of pall-mall.
the place or alley where pall-mall was played.

1635–45; by ellipsis from pall mall; see mell2

mall, maul, maw. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mall (mæl, mɔːl)
1.  a shaded avenue, esp one that is open to the public
2.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) short for shopping mall
[C17: after The Mall, in St James's Park, London. See pall-mall]

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Word Origin & History

1737, "shaded walk serving as a promenade," from The Mall, broad, tree-lined promenade in St. James's Park, London (1674), formerly an open alley that was used to play pall-mall, a croquet-like game involving hitting a ball with a mallet through a ring, from Fr. pallemaille, from It. pallamaglio, from
palla "ball" (see balloon) + maglio "mallet." Modern sense of "enclosed shopping gallery" is from 1963. Mall rat is from 1986.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

mall definition

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A collection of World-Wide Web documents featuring commercial products and services, usually served by one particualr Internet access provider.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
The modern university has become a kind of intellectual shopping mall.
If you're considering one of the mall stores mentioned, sign up on their
  website for discounts.
Stroll around this sizable mall for some window-shopping and take in the giant
The company acts as the online shopping mall for tens of thousands of small and
  mid-sized businesses.
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