Definition of mall noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mɔːl//
, also BrE//mæl//
; NAmE NAmE//mɔːl//
Types of stores, Shopping in stores
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(also shopping mall) (both especially North American English) a large building or covered area that has many shops/stores, restaurants, etc. inside it Let's go to the mall. Some teenagers were hanging out at the mall. CollocationsShoppingShopping go/​go out/​be out shopping go to (especially British English) the shops/(especially North American English) a store/(especially North American English) the mall do (British English) the shopping/(especially North American English) the grocery shopping/​a bit of window-shopping (North American English, informal) hit/​hang out at the mall try on clothes/​shoes indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/​cut back on/​reduce your spending be/​get caught shoplifting donate something to/​take something to/​find something in (British English) a charity shop/(North American English) a thrift store buy/​sell/​find something at (British English) a car boot sale/(British English) a jumble sale/​a garage sale/(North American English) a yard sale find/​get/​pick up a bargainAt the shop/​store load/​push/​wheel (British English) a trolley/(North American English) a cart stand in/​wait in (British English) the checkout queue/(North American English) the checkout line (North American English) stand in line/ (British English) queue at the checkout bag (especially North American English) (your) groceries pack (away) (especially British English) your shopping stack/​stock/​restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/​appear on supermarket/​shop/​store shelves be in/​have in/​be out of/​run out of stock deal with/​help/​serve customers run a special promotion be on special offerBuying goods make/​complete a purchase buy/​purchase something online/​by mail order make/​place/​take an order for something buy/​order something in bulk/​in advance accept/​take credit cards pay (in) cash/​by (credit/​debit) card/(British English) with a gift voucher/(North American English) with a gift certificate enter your PIN number ask for/​get/​obtain a receipt return/​exchange an item/​a product be entitled to/​ask for/​demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/​receive a 30% discount compare arcade See related entries: Types of stores, Shopping in stores Word Originmid 17th cent.: probably a shortening of pall-mall, a 16th and 17th cent. game. The current sense dates from the 1960s.Extra examples The website is a virtual shopping mall. They hit the mall for a wild shopping spree. They reported him to mall security. They spend a lot of time at the mall. teenagers hanging out at the mall ‘Where’d you get those earrings?’ ‘At the mall.’ Let’s go to the mall.