- Also called shopping mall. a large retail complex containing a variety of stores and often restaurants and other business establishments housed in a series of connected or adjacent buildings or in a single large building.Compare shopping center.
- a large area, usually lined with shade trees and shrubbery, used as a public walk or promenade.
- Chiefly Upstate New York. a strip of land, usually planted or paved, separating lanes of opposite traffic on highways, boulevards, etc.
- the game of pall-mall.
- the mallet used in the game of pall-mall.
- the place or alley where pall-mall was played.
Origin of mall
Examples from the Web for mall
Your general reaction runs along the lines of: “When will these geezers give it up and go for a mall walk or something?”The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
They had to go to the bazaar -- as the mall was then called -- and buy them.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
The figure enters the elevator and is then seen quickly leaving the mall, black cloth flapping behind it.
Someone dressed as an Emirati woman killed an American teacher in a mall bathroom.
Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
Aimless also, I turned into the Mall, and again I started at the sight of a known figure.Wilfrid Cumbermede
They walked slowly, still talking, until they came to the end of the Mall.
I told him everything you told me, out on the Mall, the day you came home.
There were more men at work on the Mall and along the streets on either side.
“The Mall is where the fine people walk in the afternoon,” she said.A Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony
Alice Turner Curtis
- a shaded avenue, esp one that is open to the public
- US, Canadian, Australian and NZ short for shopping mall
Word Origin and History for mall
1737, "shaded walk serving as a promenade," generalized from The Mall, name of a broad, tree-lined promenade in St. James's Park, London (so called from 1670s, earlier Maill, 1640s), which was so called because it formerly was an open alley that was used to play pall-mall, a croquet-like game involving hitting a ball with a mallet through a ring, from French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla "ball" (see balloon) + maglio "mallet" (see mallet). Modern sense of "enclosed shopping gallery" is from 1963. Mall rat is from 1985.