- 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.
- [sometimesH-] 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.
- [sometimesH-] 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