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[mawl; British also mal] /mɔl; British also mæl/
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.
Origin of mall
1635-45; by ellipsis from pall mall; see mell2
Can be confused
mall, maul, maw. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After walking all this time we have not reached even the end of the mall.

    War Pierre Loti
  • Aimless also, I turned into the mall, and again I started at the sight of a known figure.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • When at last she drew up the glass and her chair was borne away down the mall, he sauntered idly in the opposite direction.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • They walked slowly, still talking, until they came to the end of the mall.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Finally it happened that the duke and I were left alone for a minute looking out of a window onto the mall.

    Red Hair Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for mall


/mæl; mɔːl/
a shaded avenue, esp one that is open to the public
(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ) short for shopping mall
Word Origin
C17: after The Mall, in St James's Park, London. See pall-mall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mall

1737, "shaded walk serving as a promenade," generalized from The Mall, name of a broad, tree-lined promenade in St. James's Park, London (so called from 1670s, earlier Maill, 1640s), which was so called because it formerly was 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 French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla "ball" (see balloon) + maglio "mallet" (see mallet). Modern sense of "enclosed shopping gallery" is from 1963. Mall rat is from 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mall in Technology
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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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