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



    BrE BrE//hɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːl//
    In school, Rooms in a house
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  1. 1   (also hallway) (North American English also entry) a space or passage inside the entrance or front door of a building She ran into the hall and up the stairs. see also entrance hall See related entries: Rooms in a house
  2. 2   (North American English also hallway) a passage in a building with rooms down either side synonym corridor I headed for Scott's office down the hall. See related entries: Rooms in a house
  3. 3   a building or large room for public meetings, meals, concerts, etc. a concert/banqueting/sports/exhibition, etc. hall There are three dining halls on campus. The Royal Albert Hall (British English) A jumble sale will be held in the village hall on Saturday. see also city hall, dance hall, guildhall, music hall, town hall See related entries: In school
  4. 4 (British English) = hall of residence She’s living in hall(s).
  5. 5 (British English) (often as part of a name) a large country house Haddon Hall
  6. Word OriginOld English hall, heall (originally denoting a roofed space, located centrally, for the communal use of a tribal chief and his people); of Germanic origin and related to German Halle, Dutch hall, also to Norwegian and Swedish hall.Extra examples Her brother was standing in the front hall. His voice echoed through the hall. More than 200 members of the public packed the main hall at the community centre. Most first-year students live in the halls of residence. Our voices echoed round the huge bare hall. The hall led to a locked door. The strains of the national anthem filled the hall. There were strange noises coming from the room down the hall. at dinner in the mess hall the room across the hall Berrington Hall was built in the late 18th century. Her office is just down the hall. It’s important for a concert hall to have good acoustics. Our stand is located in the main exhibition hall. They will be performing at The Royal Albert Hall.
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