A modern shopping mall.
mall definition by Webster's New World
- a large, heavy mallet, used to strike the ball in the game of pall-mall
Origin: < pall-mallthe game itself
- a lane or alley where the game was played
- a shaded walk or public promenade
- a street for pedestrians only, with shops on each side, and often with decorative plantings, benches, etc.
- a completely enclosed, air-conditioned shopping center like this
- a median strip
Origin: variant, variety of maul, especially associated, association in 17th circa with (pall)-mall
mall definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A large, often enclosed shopping complex containing various stores, businesses, and restaurants usually accessible by common passageways.
- A street lined with shops and closed to vehicles.
- A shady public walk or promenade.
- Chiefly Upstate New York See median strip. See Regional Note at neutral ground.
Origin: After The Mall in London, England, originally a pall-mall alley.
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