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



    BrE BrE//stɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːl//
    In the theatre, Types of stores, Animal homes
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  1. 1[countable] a table or small shop with an open front that people sell things from, especially at a market synonym stand a market stall They have a fish stall on the market. Drinks were being sold from makeshift stalls at the side of the road. see also bookstall See related entries: Types of stores
  2. 2[countable] a section inside a farm building that is large enough for one animal to be kept in See related entries: Animal homes
  3. 3[countable] (especially North American English) a small area in a room, surrounded by glass, walls, etc., that contains a shower or toilet
  4. 4the stalls (also the orchestra stalls) (both British English) [plural] (North American English the orchestra [singular]) the seats that are nearest to the stage in a theatre the front row of the stalls Wordfinderartistic director, auditorium, balcony, box office, circle, director, foyer, stage, the stalls, theatre See related entries: In the theatre
  5. 5[countable, usually plural] the seats at the front of a church where the choir (= singers) and priests sit
  6. 6[countable, usually singular] a situation in which a vehicle’s engine suddenly stops because it is not getting enough power
  7. 7[countable, usually singular] a situation in which an aircraft loses speed and goes steeply downwards The plane went into a stall.
  8. Word OriginOld English steall ‘stable or cattle shed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stal, also to stand. Early senses of the verb included ‘reside, dwell’ and ‘bring to a halt’.Extra examples He has a flower stall in the market. I bought this trout at the market fish stall. The horse refused to enter the starting stalls. We had to muck out stalls and groom the horses. Who’s going to man the stall at lunchtime? a stall selling second-hand books the man behind the stall He works on a market stall in the Square. They have a flower stall at the market.
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