A hall in a hotel.
- An example of a hall is a large public room used for events and dancing.
- An example of a hall is a passageway from a living room to a bedroom.
- the great central room in the dwelling of a king or chieftain, where banquets, games, etc. were held
- the dwelling itself
- the main dwelling on the estate of a baron, squire, etc.
- a building containing public offices or the headquarters of an organization, for transacting business, holding meetings, etc.
- a large public or semipublic room for gatherings, entertainments, etc.
- a college dormitory, classroom building, eating center, etc.
- a passageway or room between the entrance and the interior of a building; vestibule, foyer, or lobby
- a passageway or area onto which rooms open
Origin of hallMiddle English halle ; from Old English heall (akin to German halle), literally , that which is covered ; from base of helan, to cover ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to cover from source hell, Classical Latin celare, to conceal
- A corridor or passageway in a building.
- A large entrance room or vestibule in a building; a lobby.
- a. A building for public gatherings or entertainments.b. The large room in which such events are held.
- A building used for the meetings, entertainments, or living quarters of a fraternity, sorority, church, or other social or religious organization.
- a. A building belonging to a school, college, or university that provides classroom, dormitory, or dining facilities.b. A large room in such a building.c. The group of students using such a building: The entire hall stayed up late studying.d. Chiefly British A meal served in such a building.
- The main house on a landed estate.
- a. The castle or house of a medieval monarch or noble.b. The principal room in such a castle or house, used for dining, entertaining, and sleeping.
Origin of hallMiddle English halle, large residence, from Old English heall; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A corridor; a hallway.
- The drinking fountain was out in the hall.
- A meeting room.
- The hotel had three halls for conferences, and two were in use by the convention.
- A manor house (originally because a magistrate's court was held in the hall of his mansion).
- The duke lived in a great hall overlooking the sea.
- A building providing student accommodation at a university.
- The student government hosted several social events so that students from different halls would intermingle.
- The principal room of a secular medieval building.
From Middle English halle, from Old English heall (“hall, dwelling, house; palace, temple; law-court”), from Proto-Germanic *hallō (“hall”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to hide, conceal”). Cognate with Scots hall, haw (“hall”), Dutch hal (“hall”), German Halle (“hall”), Swedish hall (“hall”), Icelandic höll (“palace”), Latin cella (“room, cell”), Sanskrit [script?] (śā́lā, “house, mansion, hall”). [Devanagari?]