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mall

[mawl; British also mal] /mɔl; British also mæl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a large area, usually lined with shade trees and shrubbery, used as a public walk or promenade.
3.
Chiefly Upstate New York. a strip of land, usually planted or paved, separating lanes of opposite traffic on highways, boulevards, etc.
4.
the game of pall-mall.
5.
the mallet used in the game of pall-mall.
6.
the place or alley where pall-mall was played.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; by ellipsis from pall mall; see mell2
Can be confused
mall, maul, maw.
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Examples for mall
  • 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 sculptures.
  • The company acts as the online shopping mall for tens of thousands of small and mid-sized businesses.
  • Someone in a shopping mall, for example, might hold up his hand and see a map appear instantly at his fingertips.
  • The small dots of light would be individual street lights, and the large patch might be a shopping mall.
  • Maybe it's a video game you can't stop playing or a shopping mall that seems to swallow your wallet.
  • In the late afternoon, after a day at his desk, he often takes a seat at a café in the town shopping mall.
  • She brings him photographs of changes in their neighborhood: new houses, new stores opening at the mall.
  • The fee was a piece of a shopping mall he also owned.
British Dictionary definitions for mall

mall

/mæl; mɔːl/
noun
1.
a shaded avenue, esp one that is open to the public
2.
(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ) short for shopping mall
Word Origin
C17: after The Mall, in St James's Park, London. See pall-mall
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Word Origin and History for mall
mall
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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mall in Technology
World-Wide Web
A collection of World-Wide Web documents featuring commercial products and services, usually served by one particualr Internet access provider.
(1995-04-10)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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