a corridor or passageway in a building.
the large entrance room of a house or building; vestibule; lobby.
a large room or building for public gatherings; auditorium: convention hall; concert hall.
a large building for residence, instruction, or other purposes, at a college or university.
a college at a university.
a large room in which the members and students dine.
dinner in such a room.
British. a mansion or large residence, especially one on a large estate.
British Informal. music hall.
the chief room in a medieval castle or similar structure, used for eating, sleeping, and entertaining.
the castle, house, or similar structure of a medieval chieftain or noble.
Southeastern U.S.: Older Use. the living room or family room of a house.

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)

subhall, noun

hall, haul. Unabridged
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hall (hɔːl)
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.  a.  a large room, esp for dining, in a college or university
 b.  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.  informal (often plural) short for music hall
[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)
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 & History

O.E. heall "place covered by a roof, spacious roofed residence, temple," from P.Gmc. *khallo "to cover, hide" (cf. O.H.G. halla, Ger. halle, Du. hal, O.N. höll "hall;" O.E. hell, Goth. halja "hell"), from PIE base *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 first attested 1901, in ref. to Columbia College.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Bible Dictionary

Hall definition

(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.

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