hall

[ hawl ]
/ hɔl /

noun


Nearby words

  1. halisteresis,
  2. halite,
  3. halitosis,
  4. halitus,
  5. haliç,
  6. hall church,
  7. hall effect,
  8. hall of fame,
  9. hall of famer,
  10. hall of residence

Origin of hall

before 900; Middle English; Old English heall; cognate with Old Norse hǫll, German Halle; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, Latin cēlāre to hide (see conceal)

Related formssub·hall, noun

Can be confusedhall haul

Hall

[ hawl ]
/ hɔl /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hall

hall

/ (hɔːl) /

noun

Word Origin for hall

Old English heall; related to Old Norse höll, Old High German halla hall, Latin cela cell 1, Old Irish cuile cellar, Sanskrit śālā hut; see hell

Hall

/ (hɔːl) /

noun

Charles Martin. 1863–1914, US chemist: discovered the electrolytic process for producing aluminium
Sir John. 1824–1907, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister of New Zealand (1879–82)
Sir Peter. born 1930, English stage director: director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960–73) and of the National Theatre (1973–88)
(Margueritte) Radclyffe . 1883–1943, British novelist and poet. Her frank treatment of a lesbian theme in the novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) led to an obscenity trial
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Word Origin and History for hall

hall

n.

Old English heall "place covered by a roof, spacious roofed residence, temple, law-court," from Proto-Germanic *khallo "to cover, hide" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German halla, German halle, Dutch hal, Old Norse höll "hall;" Old English hell, Gothic halja "hell"), from PIE root *kel- "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.

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Medicine definitions for hall

Hall

[ hôl ]
Granville Stanley 1844-1924

American psychologist who established an experimental psychology laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (1882), founded child psychology, and profoundly influenced educational psychology.

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