Definition of hall in English:



  • 1The room or space just inside the front entrance of a house or flat.

    • ‘Three other reception rooms can all be reached from the drawing room or the reception hall.’
    • ‘An enclosed porch with double doors leads to a wide hall with maple flooring.’
    • ‘The walls in the reception hall and dining room are covered with glazed Egyptian cotton canvas.’
    • ‘Set on five acres, there is a reception hall, drawing room, anteroom, dining room, kitchen, pantry, four bedrooms and a bathroom.’
    • ‘Steps lead to the front door, and entrance is through a spacious hall with polished timber floorboards.’
    • ‘The property is entered through a large porch which leads into a reception hall.’
    • ‘It has a reception hall, lounge cum dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.’
    • ‘Behind the panelled front door is a hall with plenty of character.’
    • ‘On both sides of the drop-off area is a large reception hall finished with a rich mix of Italian stone.’
    • ‘Entrance to the accommodation is through a wide hall with a shelved cloakroom.’
    entrance hall, hallway, entrance, entry, porch, portico, reception area, atrium, concourse, lobby, vestibule, anteroom, antechamber, outer room, waiting room
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    1. 1.1North American A corridor or area on to which rooms open.
      • ‘I turned charismatic on the spot and began shouting around my office and up and down the hall at the University of New Mexico.’
      • ‘She tiptoed quietly to her room down the hall and opened the door; she looked around.’
      • ‘Trying to knock down the bedroom door with the skillet, I was able to see another door opening across the hall.’
      • ‘She dashed down the hall and threw open the door to her room with a thud.’
      • ‘Opening the door, Serenity tiptoed across the hall and opened the door to Haley's room.’
      • ‘Afterwards, she would lie in bed and listen as he crept down the hall and opened the door to my room.’
      • ‘It is as contemporary as today's headlines and as close as your colleague down the hall.’
      • ‘Halfway down the hall a door opened and Anthony stepped out of his suite into the hallway.’
      • ‘Successfully completed, the students and I could hardly wait to put them on display in the hall.’
      • ‘I walked down the hall and opened the door to the room where I saw a lot of other people.’
      • ‘Judging form the light, it was about mid afternoon when the door at the end of the hall rattled open and a man came walking up the corridor, heels clicking against concrete.’
      • ‘Students could be given the chance, for example, to regulate the tone of voice they use in the halls.’
      • ‘I walked out of my room and down the hall, opening the door that was two doors down from his.’
      • ‘Immediately off the hallway is a kitchen, with a large open plan living and dining area further down the hall.’
      • ‘Through her closed door, Bri heard her father's bedroom door from across the hall slowly squeak open.’
      • ‘I turned left down the hall and quietly opened the door to Spane's bedroom.’
      • ‘The elevator was empty as she rose to the chief's level, making her way down the hall to the designated meeting room.’
      • ‘I run down the hall and open the door of the room, and see Rikki, collapsed on the floor.’
      • ‘Just as they reached the door, the room across the hall opened up, and an older couple came out.’
      • ‘I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.’
      entrance hall, hallway, entry, entrance, lobby, foyer, vestibule, reception area, atrium, concourse
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  • 2A building or large room used for meetings, concerts, or other events.

    as modifier ‘the village hall’
    • ‘The pubs and the village hall all have big car parks.’
    • ‘The show has been packing halls around the country with its combination of top quality characters, high production and sheer entertainment.’
    • ‘The theatres and halls around this country that were dead and quiet are now ringing with a whole lot of activity, and that is no small thanks to a whole lot of effort from this Government.’
    • ‘From here, a long ramp winds up to a triple-height exhibition hall on the first floor.’
    • ‘Immediately he began touring the islands, putting notices up in village halls and organising community meetings.’
    • ‘The penultimate floor is given over to a circular exhibition hall clad in a scaly copper skin.’
    • ‘At the southeast corner of the site, a new lecture hall complements the research tower.’
    • ‘It would not necessarily have to be a new building but could be a hall or meeting place the Jewish community could use.’
    • ‘Once held in the bride's family home, the celebration is now often held at a local hall or country club.’
    • ‘More than 45 people turned up for the meeting at the village hall last night to voice their concern at what has become a controversial issue.’
    • ‘Managed by Seamus Cox from Aghamore, the band travelled the length and breath of the country playing to packed halls and marquees.’
    • ‘As well as the temple, the Community Centre has a sports facility, a stage with a 600-seater auditorium and several meeting rooms and halls.’
    • ‘Future phases will include a music and fine arts hall and a major performing arts center.’
    • ‘Further round, over the entrance to the dark hall, is a well appointed lecture hall.’
    • ‘The exterior design of the new addition was to provide a nearly seamless expansion of the original historic hall.’
    • ‘A large new sports hall has been built to the east of the complex next to existing open-air sports facilities.’
    • ‘In pubs and clubs, halls and meeting rooms, Scots dressed in tartan for this, the most traditional night in their social calendar, and to stand while the Haggis was piped in.’
    • ‘One wall is covered with a few score study models of Disney's performance hall.’
    • ‘On the west side, a trio of exhibition foyers connects with a 350 seat conference hall.’
    • ‘One of the many unique aspects of this hall is the potential to adjust the reverberation time.’
    assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
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    1. 2.1historical The building in which a guild was housed.
      • ‘He persuaded the council that the medieval hall must be saved.’
      • ‘Barley Hall was a former medieval hall which was acquired by York Archeological Trust in the 1980s when the site came up for redevelopment.’
      • ‘The medieval hall, in Coffee Yard, off Stonegate, in York, is also putting on special Viking activities for children.’
      • ‘Beside the Patursson family home is the medieval hall, which is opened to the public during the summer months.’
      • ‘The upper floor was the great hall where guild members met.’
  • 3A large room in a mansion or palace used for receptions and banquets.

    • ‘He built palaces and banqueting halls on the hill and held meetings of the other provincial kings every three years at which time they made laws and held festivals of music and sport.’
    • ‘Finally, they fetched us from the room and brought us down through the kitchen to the banquet hall.’
    • ‘He'd walked the various courtyards, banquet halls and audience rooms during the few times when the Inner Circle had been required to meet.’
    • ‘It was the shapeless figure he had met in his dream, the man standing in the shadows of an ancient and dead coronation hall.’
    • ‘In the rear hall of Ganyu Palace, at the top, is the Rice Flowing Hole.’
    • ‘If that was not enough, nobles of both countries thronged the hall.’
    • ‘According to these reports, the royal family gathered for an evening meal in the banquet hall of the palace.’
    • ‘In Budapest, the dance was in a huge hall converted from a palace.’
    • ‘The great big hall in the manor had been filled with vampires and a few of Emma's closest, more understanding friends.’
    • ‘The first floor houses a reception room and a banquet hall.’
    • ‘The sight filled the Daghda with resolution and he and his three warriors stormed in through the door of the banquet hall.’
    • ‘The banquet hall had been full of the court dressed in their finery.’
    • ‘These timber posts were revealed under the great hall of the present stone manor and the demolished north end solar.’
    • ‘The rest of the palace, Timon's room and the banquet halls, had collapsed in a head of dust and smoke.’
    • ‘The palace banquet hall was lovely, as always, and the food, delicious.’
    • ‘The King left the lavish room for the banquet hall, leaving Shyra and Gaiden to finish preparing.’
    1. 3.1British in names A large country house, especially one with a landed estate.
      ‘Darlington Hall’
      • ‘The original features of the hall's reception rooms, previously sub-divided into small offices, can now be seen again.’
      • ‘When businessman Bill Reidy ploughed his savings into renovating a derelict 17th Century hall he believed he had created his dream home.’
    2. 3.2 The principal living room of a medieval house.
      • ‘Like most other farms in Anglo-Saxon England, Linstede consists of a hall and outbuildings, surrounded by fields and pastures.’
      • ‘Svensholm is a small Viking homestead, comprising a large hall and a few outbuildings.’
      • ‘Thegns with fewer resources also established churches, often next to their own halls; and increasingly they were made from stone.’
      • ‘In the living hall was a large central hearth and a raised wooden platform along each wall, which would have been used for seating, sleeping and as a working space.’
  • 4British A university building containing rooms for students to live in.

    ‘for a brief time they had shared a room in hall’
    • ‘Actually, maybe there was one time, when I threw up on the steps of the University of London post-grad hall of residence in Paddington in my second week in London in 1981.’
    • ‘How it would help the tiny minority of students actually working at the GWH to be physically near to the halls of residence of the students studying English literature defeats me.’
    • ‘The quad was abandoned; and the university halls sat, their pillared gates and walls silent and moss-covered in the evening.’
    • ‘Letters have also been sent to wardens of university halls of residence warning them to monitor students' health.’
    • ‘I know they are in one of the bin liners I stuffed full of clothes when I was politely asked to vacate my hall of residence at the University of Westingshire.’
    • ‘I have to be visible in the campus center and in the residence halls and at sporting events and at all these things that make up the lives of the people here.’
    • ‘Residence halls have not usually been considered critical components in community colleges.’
    • ‘In Ibadan 30 Polytechnic students were wounded when police threw tear gas into their halls of residence.’
    • ‘Some colleges even provide faculty with living quarters in the residence halls.’
    • ‘It was the halls of residence at Scarborough University.’
    • ‘Students, who will live at the University's halls of residence, will also get the chance to meet current students from the School of Engineering, Design & Technology, as well as academic staff.’
    • ‘It happened on Friday evening as players, many of them accompanied by their parents, were relaxing at the student hall of residence in south Manchester.’
    • ‘I suppose at my advanced age I am more inclined to the comfortable surroundings of a posh city centre hotel, rather than a university hall of residence.’
    • ‘I'm staying in a youth hostel which, for the other 11 months of the year when there's no major festival going on is a university hall of residence.’
    • ‘It takes him 35 minutes to drive to his job managing the student the halls of residence at Leeds Metropolitan University.’
    • ‘Some colleges are building residence halls with an emphasis on private, single rooms.’
    • ‘The Yorkshire Post understands she had signed up for two months' French study with the Alliance Francaise in Lyon and was living in a university hall of residence.’
    1. 4.1 The room used for meals in a college, university, or school.
      ‘he dined in hall’
      • ‘We sat in hall silently when the news was announced, the College is just stunned.’
      • ‘It was really easy to learn how to hate meals in the dining hall.’
      • ‘I could not understand why a meal in the hall should cause this alarm.’
      • ‘We reached the meal hall in scant enough time to have our names marked off on the role and find a place on the long, very conference like table and order our meal on the menu.’


Old 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.