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hall

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bathroom/hall/bedroom cupboardBritish English
▪ Your boots are in the hall cupboard.
a booking hall/officeBritish English (= a place for buying tickets, especially in a station)
▪ There were long queues in the booking hall.
a church hall (=a large room in a church)
▪ The dance was held in the church hall.
a concert hall
▪ On the last night, the concert hall was packed.
a conference hall
▪ Thousands of people demonstrated outside the conference hall, demanding government action.
a lecture hall/room (also a lecture theatre British English)
▪ The lecture hall was packed.
an entrance hall (=a room at the entrance to a building)
▪ He walked through the front door into the entrance hall.
an exhibition hall
▪ There’s a large exhibition hall on the ground floor.
banqueting hall
city hall
▪ The recycling program simply hasn’t been a high priority at City Hall.
concert hall
dance hall
Hall of Fame
hall of residence
hallowed halls
▪ the hallowed halls of government
mess hall
music hall
pool hall
residence hall
snooker table/room/hall
study hall
the school hall
the village hall/school/shop/church
▪ A meeting will be held at the village hall on Tuesday.
town hall
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
banqueting
▪ Again the Collector heard the crash of cannons from the banqueting hall.
▪ The dragon, gliding across its vast emptiness, was a mere gilded fly in a banqueting hall.
▪ Even if shot to pieces the commanding position of the banqueting hall would still make it defensible.
▪ Whatever had taken place in the banqueting hall after my departure, there was now a genuinely celebratory atmosphere amongst the guests.
▪ She had gone through rather a bad patch since she had come to live in the banqueting hall.
▪ The banqueting hall was now filled with ladies and children, refugees from the Residency.
▪ Besides, the banqueting hall was small and the Collector could not get far.
▪ Soon the Residency and the banqueting hall were virtually stripped.
front
▪ After several false tries I found the front hall again.
▪ She pushed it open and entered the front hall.
▪ I have wrongly criticized you for bathing in the front hall.
▪ I cursed, crept towards the front hall, then stopped dead as I heard voices.
▪ At last Lilly and I got our coats and stood in the front hall saying good-bye to Miss Grantly.
▪ Death went to the telephone in the front hall.
▪ The man did not return, so Elsa left the package in the front hall and went to bed.
great
▪ The changing styles in the fifties and sixties affected this great dance hall like all the rest.
▪ He hesitated, uncertain, then realized that the archway at the end led on to the balcony above the great hall.
▪ He looked up at the vaulted ceiling of the great hall and studied the fresco of constellations.
▪ There were objects in glass cases, lengthy labels in tiny print, subdued lighting and great echoing halls.
▪ There also is a brief history of each Apollo mission along the right-hand wall of the great hall.
▪ It contained a great hall but was considerably altered following afire in 1871.
▪ Then they sat down in the great dining hall to drink.
large
▪ The layout of a seventh century B.C. example shows a large hall with entrance porch.
▪ One advantage of so large a hall was the inability of all but the most vocal heckler to make himself heard.
▪ Dov Kalmenzohn went out in to the large hall. l heard his voice.
▪ She walked through the large hall, her footsteps echoing off the stone-flagged floor, but then she suddenly stopped.
▪ The concert was held in a large hall with a balcony, where the two women sat.
▪ In many the class-rooms are simply partitioned cubicles in what used to be a large hall ....
▪ Speak in ordinary conversational voice in a large room or hall and only the front row will hear you.
main
▪ Open to the public in the main hall of the Bishop's Castle Community College.
▪ Inside, the main hall is reminiscent of the Lincoln Memorial.
▪ The door from the kitchen into the main hall was always double-locked, and the key was in Billy's pocket.
▪ At the far end of the room a corridor led to the main hall of the building.
▪ He seemed disappointed and I soon saw why when I got into the main hall.
▪ Rain went to the main hall.
▪ The rest of the party was just a flight of stairs away, in the room off the main hall.
■ NOUN
church
▪ Rehearsals every day in church hall from ten till five-thirty.
▪ He started running an aerobics session in a church hall in Neasden, North London, and soon expanded.
▪ In March 1973 the Trustees returned to the original idea of building a church hall attached to the Memorial hall.
▪ It's much easier to hide in a church hall!
▪ He would be at the next meeting in the church hall along with Swire Sugden, and were they in for a surprise!
▪ On Friday evenings, he often attended a disco with school friends in a church hall near to it.
▪ Sadberge met their rivals, Haughton-le-Skerne, near Darlington, in Haughton church hall yesterday for a championship game.
▪ I started up the bagpipes and was soon under way, marching up and down the church hall.
city
▪ He avoids banks, party offices and city hall, but people still recognise him.
▪ When the authorities refused, the crowd sacked city hall.
▪ More will come only if city halls scent a crisis.
▪ The certificate is supposed to be obtained from city hall.
▪ How smart of you both just to go off to city hall and get married.
▪ Put it this way: You gon na have a city, you got ta build a city hall.
▪ C., state capitols, or city halls.
▪ Some downtown buildings, including city hall and the county courthouse, were evacuated.
concert
▪ Some interest in listening to music on record, or better still in the concert hall, is pre-supposed.
▪ Do we tend to direct only Miles's attention to the line of flags outside the concert hall?
▪ Down Niddry Street stands the charming concert hall which was a fashionable resort in the eighteenth century.
▪ They buy up an entire slum block, raze it and erect a castle containing theaters, concert halls and restaurants.
▪ In the 1, 500-seat concert hall, O Vertigo Danse sold 522 seats.
▪ Since 1936 the Hall of Mirrors has been used as a concert hall.
conference
▪ He arrived at the conference hall after having a Campaign Group leaflet thrust into his hand.
▪ A conference hall for the under elevens.
▪ Their debate on Labour's plight rages far above the brawling oratory in the conference hall.
▪ Unfettered loyalty inside the conference hall.
▪ Anyway, at last night's show in a Wembley conference hall, there was only one contestant.
▪ Heartened by this exchange, Joshua re-entered the conference hall just as Norman Tebbit was getting to his feet.
▪ A programme is not just what happens in the conference hall.
convention
▪ And at mid-day Wednesday, she was rehearsing her walk through the convention hall.
▪ Enroute they passed a motorcade racing the other direction carrying Bush to join Reagan at convention hall and accept the nomination.
▪ He hopes to have busloads of protesters outside the convention hall Wednesday, when Clinton is to arrive.
▪ Activists on both sides demonstrated outside the convention hall, as expected.
▪ We will fight them inside the convention hall.
dance
▪ The changing styles in the fifties and sixties affected this great dance hall like all the rest.
▪ In dance halls people were dancing the shimmy, the fox-trot, the Charleston.
▪ I walked inside the dance hall.
▪ When she talked to the current victims, she found they were all patrons of two very popular country music dance halls.
▪ On Saturdays in those Isle of Arran summers the picture palace became the dance hall.
▪ Here he encountered the bars and loose women and dance halls that would soon make him a famous artist.
▪ Here the taxi dance hall represented little more than clandestine prostitution.
▪ Age Concern runs tea dances, as do some local authorities, hotels and dance halls.
entrance
▪ Internally, the only significant architectural feature was the two-storey entrance hall, and this is to be retained.
▪ The second entrance hall is bigger with more marble, a grim but opulent place.
▪ The paint in the entrance hall is peeling, and the floor of their stark flat consists of bare concrete.
▪ There was a glass cupola in the entrance hall reached from an attic suite with exposed beams.
▪ Public Telephone Public telephones are available just inside the main entrance hall of the Manor House and in the cafeteria.
▪ I left the car out front and climbed the wide marble steps to the entrance hall.
▪ Through the railings overlooking the small entrance hall, he saw Gwen appear from the kitchen.
▪ The Secretary's office was newly located downstairs, in the area to the left of the Club's entrance hall.
exhibition
▪ The outer concourse in glass and iron had its architectural roots in the exhibition halls of the nineteenth century.
▪ It includes an exhibition hall, an auditorium, bookshop and restaurant.
▪ It links Hammersmith Broadway with the brutal concrete-and-steel Thirties exhibition halls at Olympia.
▪ To have a ground floor exhibition hall will also have one great practical advantage.
▪ Ideally situated for Conference Centre, exhibitions halls and shops.
▪ There have been some notable conservation conversions, with the Gare d'Orsay in Paris, for instance, becoming an exhibition hall.
▪ At one stage, the exhibition hall got so crowded the doors had to be closed.
lecture
▪ Meanwhile, Lepine has walked further along the corridor to the large lecture hall, B-311.
▪ He looked out into the lecture hall and saw one hundred and seventy pairs of eyes staring back at him.
▪ And she saw the big staircases leading up to the libraries and the lecture halls.
▪ The lecture hall was jammed when Stafford deliberately arrived at the very last moment.
▪ They are quite likely to be moving rapidly from one lecture hall to another in consecutive hours.
▪ In the excitement as the applause commenced, nobody had noticed Stafford slipping out of the lecture hall.
▪ She put a table in front of her to see how she would look from the lecture hall.
▪ Painters and sculptors began looking for inspiration in spontaneity and primitive feeling rather than in the lecture halls of traditional learning.
mess
▪ He joined every other prisoner in the mess hall for breakfast each morning at six-thirty.
▪ Eventually, because the mess hall would close, they allowed my commands to get through.
▪ In the mess hall I had orange juice, cereal, ham and eggs and coffee.
▪ Then it was double time to the mess hall, and chin-ups and push-ups outside.
▪ I bumped into him by accident at the compound mess hall.
▪ The water was delivered to the mess hall.
▪ I found the officers already assembled at one of the long tables in the mess hall.
music
▪ Victoria and Albert Music hall sing-song.
▪ This is something I learnt to do when I was working in provincial music halls.
▪ But in London it brought belly laughs with a bawdy display of music hall humour and saucy songs.
▪ It is a play which, again, has not entirely abandoned the traditions of the music hall.
▪ The service areas, with their awful tea and rubber sandwiches, had become a music hall joke.
▪ So far only men entertainers have been allowed - music hall acts and that sort of thing.
▪ We've lots of theatre memorabilia saved from old music halls and theatres.
▪ Even those hostile found the play's closeness to music hall to be its strength.
pool
▪ When they fished me out I made a few phone calls, fed a few meters, hung round the pool halls.
▪ Lawrence was a big fifteen-year-old, and sometimes made money playing for dances in the Strasburg pool hall.
▪ Seen through the lacy walls of the village pool hall the polystyrene floats of the fish farm bobbed busily.
study
▪ We had fourteen check-ins a day, classes in Latin, a vigorous program of athletics and every night a study hall.
▪ With parental approval all the students elected to meet with the counselor in lieu of another subject or study hall.
▪ The class worked much like a study hall, but with just a few students helped by one teacher.
▪ Too many seniors are floating through their final year in high school in a combination of elective classes and study hall.
town
▪ This reluctance to take office is recalled during the annual mayor-making in the council chamber of the town hall.
▪ The medieval tower of the town hall of Foligno, near Assisi, also sustained further damage.
▪ The town hall clock struck midnight.
▪ The concluding town hall meeting will be broadcast in prime time.
▪ The Gothic room in the old town hall should be visited.
▪ It was designed not to resemble a church of any sort but, if anything, a town hall.
▪ For example: A: Why were you sitting in the town hall fountain, with a goldfish bowl over your head?
village
▪ Throughout the morning the village hall was packed.
▪ Later that afternoon we walked what seemed like endless miles to the village hall.
▪ Domino drive: A domino drive will be held at the village hall tomorrow.
▪ We decided to go to a Hogmanay dance in the village hall, and they came along to watch.
▪ Further up the village is the old school, which is now used as the village hall.
▪ Cottage and village hall ceilings come high on their list of favourite dropping places.
■ VERB
build
▪ In March 1973 the Trustees returned to the original idea of building a church hall attached to the Memorial hall.
▪ He resigned his royal power and organized a commonwealth, building a council hall where the citizens should gather and vote.
▪ The Reverend Richard Rowland Ward, who built the hall in 1821, must have been a desperately romantic character.
▪ In 1948 a group of volunteers from the village started to build a village hall.
▪ Put it this way: You gon na have a city, you got ta build a city hall.
▪ For the past few years islanders have been occupied with building a community hall.
▪ Orlando, Florida, even struck a deal in which a developer built a new city hall.
dine
▪ A simple trellis entwined with flowers on a platform at the end of the dining hall was Illyria.
▪ Some of the men and women filing into the noisy dining hall are wearing protective helmets.
▪ Only a few soldiers remain in the dining hall, and when darkness comes, even the last two leave.
▪ The dining hall serves at least 250 people a day.
▪ During our freshman year, Rebecca and I seal our friendship over meals at the campus dining hall.
▪ Two long walls of matting connected by a back wall and roof of the same material constituted the dining hall.
▪ When her famed physique makes its first appearance in the dining hall, fellow trainees make rude comments.
▪ Shouts and singing came from the dining room and reception hall.
enter
▪ And use the toilet shortly before entering the examination hall.
▪ On entering the parish hall, he was surprised to smell the unmistakable odor of chicken noodle soup.
▪ As soon as he entered the hall, it was immediately apparent that there was a change.
▪ I entered a hall crammed with low stretcher beds, placed row upon row on an antiseptic, scrubbed floor.
▪ The King and his courtiers started at the sight of Kabir when he entered the hall.
▪ Leslie's maroon beret and the winged flash on his shoulder attracted attention as we entered the hall.
▪ She entered the hall and frowned slightly.
▪ It seems very strange as I enter the town hall.
hear
▪ Dov Kalmenzohn went out in to the large hall. l heard his voice.
▪ Out in the hall he could hear Bagshot at the reception desk dialling a number.
▪ She was selecting her favourite racket in the cupboard in the hall when she heard a car coming up the drive.
▪ He was about to swivel round into the hall when he heard the sound of a car starting up outside the house.
hold
▪ The concert was held in a large hall with a balcony, where the two women sat.
▪ Domino drive: A domino drive will be held at the village hall tomorrow.
▪ Coffee morning: A coffee morning is to be held in the village hall at 10am on March 27.
▪ The second round of the darts competition will be held in the hall on April 24.
▪ Jumble sale: A jumble sale will be held at the village hall on March 19.
▪ The reception was being held in the main hall of the Residency.
▪ As such they were held in hotels, halls, etc.
lead
▪ She opened the first door leading off the hall to find only a cloakroom.
▪ The doors leading into the halls of real political and economic power and influence were still shut tight against us.
▪ She led him down the hall and into her bedroom, leaving the door ajar.
▪ Now they both saw Lois at the doorway leading from the dark hall.
▪ All the doors leading off the hall had full length panels of frosted glass set into them.
▪ At the far end of the room a corridor led to the main hall of the building.
▪ Jim Lancaster's lips twitched into a smile of relief and he led them towards the hall.
▪ The office was somewhere along one of the little corridors leading off the hall.
leave
▪ Joshua Morris left the hall and stood in line for a cup of Gold Blend.
▪ When the brightly costumed court leaves the main hall, we realize how empty and cold its huge splendor is.
▪ But just as suddenly as it had begun all this ended three years later, leaving the halls deserted.
▪ That night, as she and Rea left the dining hall, she felt herself again giving way to tears.
▪ When I leave them in the hall the lids burst open again.
▪ Rachel, you see, overheard us as we left the hall in Richmond Palace.
▪ No sooner had the debate begun than people began to leave the hall.
▪ She left him in the hall while she went to fetch her purse.
meet
▪ After Maltote was rested Corbett and Ranulf met him in the hall.
▪ The meeting hall was an elongated poorly lighted room bordering on bareness.
▪ Made his name barging into their clubs and smashing up their meeting halls.
▪ What will we all say to each other when we meet in the hall?
▪ You'd never be able to tell we were cheerleaders if you met us in the hall.
▪ Originally it met in the hall of the local Anglican Church.
▪ We met across the hall from the advanced class, and the teacher and her aides took turns rotating between the classrooms.
run
▪ She ran to the hall for her coat, then went out, crossing the poor battered garden.
▪ She burst into tears and ran down the hall to the kitchen.
▪ They ran into the hall, Tom's boots clattering on the tiles.
▪ Then I heard footsteps running down the hall and I forgot to breathe.
▪ He almost ran down the hall, through the kitchen and into the little utility room that had once been a scullery.
▪ I ran down the hall, out on to the street, jumped into my car and drove off quickly.
▪ He ran from the hall, a bloody bundle clutched to his chest.
▪ Ginny ran into the hall and picked up the handset.
stand
▪ Down Niddry Street stands the charming concert hall which was a fashionable resort in the eighteenth century.
▪ Recalling this, I quietly tread the stairs and stand in the dark hall outside his door.
▪ They were standing in a narrow hall, with a bicycle propped against one wall and stairs leading down to a basement.
▪ You have to stand outside the hall.
▪ A woman stood just within the hall.
▪ At last Lilly and I got our coats and stood in the front hall saying good-bye to Miss Grantly.
▪ The giveaway was to stand in the upstairs hall outside Albie's old bedroom and examine the door.
▪ Glover stood leaden in the hall and waited until Paul came down again, looking a little better set in his mind.
walk
▪ Meredith walked out into the hall and waited.
▪ They walked down the hall and stopped at the closet, where he removed the key from above the door.
▪ Just walking down the hall was enough to make even the bravest shy violet hide her petals under her leaves.
▪ Mrs Albertson walked out into the hall and down to Room 104.
▪ They walked down the hall and stood near the fireplace.
▪ They straightened, walked into the hall and through the kitchen.
▪ He walked further into the hall, shifting the cone of yellow light.
▪ There was, however, a drawback to this providential escape, which he realized as he walked up the hall.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ As a freshman, you can either live in West Bennet or Drummond Hall.
▪ We heard the principal coming down the hall.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And use the toilet shortly before entering the examination hall.
▪ City hall staffers said the mayor is busy campaigning for re-election and did not have time to discuss the park proposal.
▪ Coats, bags and shoes were to be left in the corridors and not brought in to the hall.
▪ Each hall offers an advanced technical specification and the very latest technology.
▪ He moves from hotel to hall in sleek limousines.
▪ His first experience in magic had been to give a show at the Miners Welfare hall at the age of 11.
▪ I would have to thank Kalmenzohn, too. l went out into the hall and took up my backpack.
▪ The certificate is supposed to be obtained from city hall.
Wikipedia

Hall (concept)

The meanings attributed to the word hall have varied over the centuries, as social practices have changed. The word derives from the Old Teutonic (hallâ), where it is associated with the idea of covering or concealing. In modern German it is Halle where it refers to a building but Saal where it refers to a large public room though the distinction is blurred:( Halle (Architektur) (de)). The latter may arise from a genitive form of the former. The Frenchsalle is borrowed from the German.

Hall (disambiguation)

Hall can mean:

  • Hall, architectural term
  • Hall (concept), for the development of the meaning of the word
  • Hall (surname)

Hall (constructor)

Hall was an American racing car constructor. Hall cars competed in one FIA World Championship race - the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

Hall

In architecture, a hall is a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls. In the Iron Age, a mead hall was such a simple building and was the residence of a lord and his retainers. Later, rooms were partitioned from it, and the space next to the front door became the entrance hall. Today, the (entrance) hall of a house is the space next to the front door or vestibule leading to the rooms directly and/or indirectly. Where the hall inside the front door of a house is elongated, it may be called a passage, corridor (from Spanish corredor used in El Escorial and 100 years later in Castle Howard) or hallway.

Hall (lunar crater)

Hall is a lunar crater named in honor of American astronomer Asaph Hall that is located in the southeast part of the Lacus Somniorum, a lunar mare in the northeast part of the Moon. This feature can be found to the east of the prominent walled plain Posidonius. Just to the south, and nearly attached to the southern rim of Hall is the smaller crater G. Bond.

This crater formation has been significantly disintegrated by smaller impacts around the outer rim, leaving a wall that is deeply notched and incised. There is a gap in the western rim through which the interior has been flooded and resurfaced by layers of basaltic lava. Thus all that remains of the original crater is an irregular, crescent-shaped formation along the southern edge of the Lacus Somniorum. The southern rim is attached to the rough terrain to the south of the mare, and the irregular satellite crater G. Bond G is attached to the southeast rim.

Passing across the open mouth of this crater is the rille named Rima G. Bond (after the nearby crater), a wide cleft in the surface of the mare. This feature begins to the north of Hall and travels to the south-southwest, gradually bending back to the south–southeast. It passes through a section of raised terrain along the southern edge of the mare, and this rise joins the southern rim of Hall and encloses G. Bond.

Hall (surname)

Hall is a common surname of Scottish origin. Hall means "kind" and "forgiving". This originates from the belief that Viking thanes were eternally benevolent to those that worked within their halls. The name was used to indicate the main occupation of the individual, in a role such as a servant or chamberlain. Hall is the 22nd most common surname in the United Kingdom. Within the United States, it is ranked as the 26th most common surname.

Hall is very uncommon as a given name, but can be found as a family surname of many people in English speaking countries around the world, especially in North America and Australia as their ancestors would have been descendants of the Celtic nations.

Hall (cyclecar)

The Hall Cycle and Plating company was a maker of Cycle cars in Waco, Texas from 1914-1915.

Hall (1797 cricketer)

Hall (first name and dates unknown) was an English first-class cricketer who was active in the 1790s playing for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He is recorded in one first-class match in 1797, totalling 11 runs with a highest score of 11.

Gazetteer

Hall -- U.S. County in Georgia

Population (2000): 139277
Housing Units (2000): 51046
Land area (2000): 393.658073 sq. miles (1019.569684 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 35.531875 sq. miles (92.027130 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 429.189948 sq. miles (1111.596814 sq. km)
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 34.296799 N, 83.842959 W
Headwords:
Hall
Hall, GA
Hall County
Hall County, GA

Hall -- U.S. County in Nebraska

Population (2000): 53534
Housing Units (2000): 21574
Land area (2000): 546.396820 sq. miles (1415.161208 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 5.827359 sq. miles (15.092791 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 552.224179 sq. miles (1430.253999 sq. km)
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 40.894156 N, 98.417732 W
Headwords:
Hall
Hall, NE
Hall County
Hall County, NE

Hall -- U.S. County in Texas

Population (2000): 3782
Housing Units (2000): 1988
Land area (2000): 903.085082 sq. miles (2338.979526 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.991522 sq. miles (2.568031 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 904.076604 sq. miles (2341.547557 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 34.535342 N, 100.658156 W
Headwords:
Hall
Hall, TX
Hall County
Hall County, TX
WordNet

hall

  1. n. an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open; "the elevators were at the end of the hall" [syn: hallway]

  2. a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, foyer, lobby, vestibule]

  3. a large room for gatherings or entertainment; "lecture hall"; "pool hall"

  4. a college or university building containing living quarters for students [syn: dormitory, dorm, residence hall, student residence]

  5. the large room of a manor or castle [syn: manor hall]

  6. English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943) [syn: Radclyffe Hall, Marguerite Radclyffe Hall]

  7. United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924) [syn: G. Stanley Hall, Granville Stanley Hall]

  8. United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914) [syn: Charles Martin Hall]

  9. United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871) [syn: Charles Francis Hall]

  10. United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907) [syn: Asaph Hall]

  11. a large and imposing house [syn: mansion, mansion house, manse, residence]

  12. a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research; "halls of learning"

  13. a large building for meetings or entertainment

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hall

Hall \Hall\ (h[add]l), n. [OE. halle, hal, AS. heal, heall; akin to D. hal, OS. & OHG. halla, G. halle, Icel. h["o]ll, 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.

    1. 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:

    2. A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times. Hence:

    3. Any corridor or passage in a building.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

    Syn: Entry; court; passage. See Vestibule.

Wiktionary

hall

n. A corridor; a hallway.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

hall

Old English heall "place covered by a roof, spacious roofed residence, temple, law-court," from Proto-Germanic *hallo "covered place, hall" (cognates: Old Saxon, Old High German halla, German halle, Dutch hal, Old Norse höll "hall;" Old English hell, Gothic halja "hell"), from PIE root *kel- (2) "to hide, conceal" (see cell). Sense of "entry, vestibule" evolved 17c., at a time when the doors opened onto the main room of a house. Older sense preserved in town hall, music hall, etc., and in university dormitory names. Hall of fame attested by 1786 as an abstract concept; in sporting sense first attested 1901, in reference to Columbia College.

Usage examples of "hall".

Aunt Pol, her splendid eyes ablaze and a fiery nimbus about her, strode through the hall.

Kingsley looked out over the flower beds that, still abloom in spite of the lateness of the season, lay before Aylesberg Hall.

He was sitting in a music hall one evening, sipping his absinth and admiring the art of a certain famous Russian dancer, when he caught a passing glimpse of a pair of evil black eyes upon him.

I am told that several worlds much like Earth exist in the Universe accessible from Joy Hall: that is, from my new platform.

It is accessible through the system of worldlet gates reached in External Hall.

Reginald turned off the public road on to the acreage that surrounded Cranford Hall.

He was in the cedar parlour, that adjoined the great hall, laid upon a couch, and suffering a degree of anguish from his wound, which few persons could have disguised, as he did.

He let himself in the back door of the admin office and walked down the hall to his own office-- where he found Stafford sitting in his chair.

You must decide if your remaining chance is worth denying yourself admittance to Joy Hall until after menopause, because every time you return there it sHall be up to two months hence before you can possibly conceive.

The result of admitting George, aside from a few hours distraction, thus might be only his death, with an ultimate effect of removing the joy from Joy Hall.

The Aerians that served the Lords of Law did not walk easily in the confined, cramped space of regular human halls.

It was not unusual for these meetings to be held by the lakeside, rather than in the great hall of the Shadowleague headquarters, because the Afanc, who was Chief Loremaster for all water-dwellers, could not leave his watery habitat.

Tilim, afrown at the hall we stood in which swept away left, right and ahead.

In accordance with Beklan custom some of the guests, in twos and threes, were beginning to get up and stroll out of the hall, either into the corridors or as far as the westward-facing portico of the palace, whence they could look out across the city walls towards the afterglow beyond the far-off Palteshi hills.

San Francisco, Conrad Aiken, stood looking out over yet another tent city, this one in the Civic Center Park, directly below where he stood partially hidden behind the flags of the United States and of California on the ceremonial balcony area over the magnificently carved double-doorways of City Hall.