Definition of mall in English:


Pronunciation /mɔːl//mal//mɒl/


  • 1North American A large enclosed shopping area from which traffic is excluded.

    • ‘It just so happened that FYE was one of my favorite stores in the mall.’
    • ‘There's a new store in the mall and it has the most beautiful things.’
    • ‘We went to a little restaurant in the mall, and I tried sushi which was gross.’
    • ‘The far end of the mall was in building works today, the stairs included.’
    • ‘After you and your friends had checked all the stores in the mall, you took a lunch break before going out to look again.’
    • ‘The Regency area is undergoing a retail rush as developers move to build stores and restaurants north of the mall.’
    • ‘Yes, and when I say Hyundai Mall, it's not a car mart, it's really another retail mall.’
    • ‘I figured we would be heading to a restaurant or the mall, but we were making our way to the quiet side of town.’
    • ‘You have the basic needs here: You have grocery stores and the mall and movie theaters and restaurants.’
    • ‘I've wasted more time than I like to think about cruising the women's wear stores at the mall and on line with no luck.’
    • ‘This photo shows the mall that is connected to the hotel.’
    • ‘Well it turned out, the machine takes tokens, not coins, and those tokens are only given by stores in the mall.’
    • ‘I don't have to worry about someone from school finding out I worked at the mall in the CD store.’
    • ‘When you travel around the country you find the same stores in each mall.’
    • ‘It looks like they're converting the building into a mall or something.’
    • ‘Apparently, as Marco would explain later, a new video store in the mall was doing a promotion for its grand opening.’
    • ‘Once your store is in every mall, how do you get more growth - especially if the chain is narrowly focused to begin with?’
    • ‘I've seen logo look-alikes in some stores in my mall that are hard pressed to distinguish from the real thing.’
    • ‘Over the years, of course, as the machine has evolved from department store to mall, techniques have been even more refined.’
    • ‘She felt a sense of accomplishment at the fact that she could pay her own bills while maintaining her own store in the mall.’
    shopping precinct, shopping centre, shopping complex, arcade, galleria
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  • 2A sheltered walk or promenade.

    esplanade, front, seafront, parade, walk, boulevard, avenue, walkway
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  • 3historical

    another term for pall-mall
    1. 3.1 An alley used for pall-mall.


Mid 17th century (in mall (sense 3)): probably a shortening of pall-mall. mall (sense 2) derives from The Mall, a tree-bordered walk in St James's Park, London, formerly the site of a pall-mall alley. mall (sense 1) dates from the 1960s.