Definition of hall in English:

hall

noun

  • 1North American An area in a building onto which rooms open; a corridor.

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

    [in names] ‘Carnegie Hall’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One wall is covered with a few score study models of Disney's performance hall.’
    • ‘The penultimate floor is given over to a circular exhibition hall clad in a scaly copper skin.’
    • ‘From here, a long ramp winds up to a triple-height exhibition hall on the first floor.’
    • ‘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 of the many unique aspects of this hall is the potential to adjust the reverberation time.’
    • ‘The exterior design of the new addition was to provide a nearly seamless expansion of the original historic hall.’
    • ‘Managed by Seamus Cox from Aghamore, the band travelled the length and breath of the country playing to packed halls and marquees.’
    • ‘The show has been packing halls around the country with its combination of top quality characters, high production and sheer entertainment.’
    • ‘The pubs and the village hall all have big car parks.’
    • ‘A large new sports hall has been built to the east of the complex next to existing open-air sports facilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately he began touring the islands, putting notices up in village halls and organising community meetings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Future phases will include a music and fine arts hall and a major performing arts center.’
    • ‘On the west side, a trio of exhibition foyers connects with a 350 seat conference hall.’
    • ‘Further round, over the entrance to the dark hall, is a well appointed lecture hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once held in the bride's family home, the celebration is now often held at a local hall or country club.’
    assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
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    1. 2.1 A large public room in a mansion or palace used for receptions and banquets.
      • ‘The King left the lavish room for the banquet hall, leaving Shyra and Gaiden to finish preparing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The rest of the palace, Timon's room and the banquet halls, had collapsed in a head of dust and smoke.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sight filled the Daghda with resolution and he and his three warriors stormed in through the door of the banquet hall.’
      • ‘The palace banquet hall was lovely, as always, and the food, delicious.’
      • ‘According to these reports, the royal family gathered for an evening meal in the banquet hall of the palace.’
      • ‘The banquet hall had been full of the court dressed in their finery.’
      • ‘In Budapest, the dance was in a huge hall converted from a palace.’
      • ‘These timber posts were revealed under the great hall of the present stone manor and the demolished north end solar.’
      • ‘If that was not enough, nobles of both countries thronged the hall.’
      • ‘The first floor houses a reception room and a banquet hall.’
      • ‘In the rear hall of Ganyu Palace, at the top, is the Rice Flowing Hole.’
      • ‘Finally, they fetched us from the room and brought us down through the kitchen to the banquet hall.’
      • ‘The great big hall in the manor had been filled with vampires and a few of Emma's closest, more understanding friends.’
    2. 2.2British The room used for meals in a college, university, or school.
      ‘he dined in hall’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I could not understand why a meal in the hall should cause this alarm.’
      • ‘It was really easy to learn how to hate meals in the dining hall.’
      • ‘We sat in hall silently when the news was announced, the College is just stunned.’
    3. 2.3 A college or university building containing classrooms, residences, or rooms for other purposes.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Residence halls have not usually been considered critical components in community colleges.’
      • ‘Some colleges are building residence halls with an emphasis on private, single rooms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Letters have also been sent to wardens of university halls of residence warning them to monitor students' health.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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'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.’
      • ‘The quad was abandoned; and the university halls sat, their pillared gates and walls silent and moss-covered in the evening.’
      • ‘It takes him 35 minutes to drive to his job managing the student the halls of residence at Leeds Metropolitan University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Ibadan 30 Polytechnic students were wounded when police threw tear gas into their halls of residence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was the halls of residence at Scarborough University.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some colleges even provide faculty with living quarters in the residence halls.’
    4. 2.4 The principal living room of a medieval house.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Svensholm is a small Viking homestead, comprising a large hall and a few outbuildings.’
      • ‘Like most other farms in Anglo-Saxon England, Linstede consists of a hall and outbuildings, surrounded by fields and pastures.’
      • ‘Thegns with fewer resources also established churches, often next to their own halls; and increasingly they were made from stone.’
  • 3British [usually 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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

hall

/hôl/