Hall Definition

hôl
halls
noun
halls
The dwelling itself.
Webster's New World
The great central room in the dwelling of a king or chieftain, where banquets, games, etc. were held.
Webster's New World
A large public or semipublic room for gatherings, entertainments, etc.
Webster's New World
A passageway or room between the entrance and the interior of a building; vestibule, foyer, or lobby.
Webster's New World
A building containing public offices or the headquarters of an organization, for transacting business, holding meetings, etc.
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Synonyms:
vestibulelobbyfoyerentrance hallantechamberanteroomMarguerite Radclyffe Hallradclyffe hallgranville stanley hallG. Stanley HallCharles Martin HallCharles Francis Hallasaph hallresidencemanse
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proper name
1863-1914; U.S. chemist: discovered electrolytic process for reducing aluminum from bauxite.
Webster's New World
1844-1924; U.S. psychologist & educator.
Webster's New World
pronoun

A British and Scandinavian topographic surname​ for someone who lived in or near a hall.

Wiktionary

A surname​ of German origin for someone associated with a salt mine.

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Other Word Forms of Hall

Noun

Singular:
hall
Plural:
halls

Origin of Hall

  • 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?]

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English halle large residence from Old English heall kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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