Definitions for: Hall


[n] a large entrance or reception room or area
[n] a college or university building containing living quarters for students
[n] a large building for meetings or entertainment
[n] a large room for gatherings or entertainment; "lecture hall"; "pool hall"
[n] a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research; "halls of learning"
[n] an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open; "the elevators were at the end of the hall"
[n] the large room of a manor or castle
[n] a large and imposing house
[n] United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
[n] United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871)
[n] United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914)
[n] United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924)
[n] English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943)



Webster (1913) Definition: Hall, n. [OE. halle, hal, AS. heal, heall; akin to D.
hal, OS. & OHG. halla, G. halle, Icel. h["o]lt, and prob.
from a root meaning, to hide, conceal, cover. See Hell,
Helmet.]
1. A building or room of considerable size and stateliness,
used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London.

2.
(a) The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in
early times the only public room, serving as the place
of gathering for the lord's family with the retainers
and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was
often contrasted with the bower, which was the private
or sleeping apartment.

Full sooty was her bower and eke her hall.
--Chaucer.
Hence, as the entrance from outside was directly into
the hall:
(b) A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more
elaborated buildings of later times. Hence:
(c) Any corridor or passage in a building.

3. A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate's
court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion
house. --Cowell.

4. A college in an English university (at Oxford, an
unendowed college).

5. The apartment in which English university students dine in
common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six
o'clock.

6. Cleared passageway in a crowd; -- formerly an exclamation.
[Obs.] ``A hall! a hall!'' --B. Jonson.

Syn: Entry; court; passage. See Vestibule.

Synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, Asaph Hall, Charles Francis Hall, Charles Martin Hall, dorm, dormitory, entrance hall, foyer, G. Stanley Hall, Granville Stanley Hall, hallway, lobby, manor hall, Marguerite Radclyffe Hall, Radclyffe Hall, residence hall, student residence, vestibule

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