mall

[ mawl; British also mal ]
/ mɔl; British also mæl /

noun

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

1635–45; the Mall, a fashionable tree-lined promenade in 18th-century London, where originally the game pall-mall was played; see mell2

Can be confused

mall maul maw
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mall

/ (mæl, mɔːl) /

noun

a shaded avenue, esp one that is open to the public
US, Canadian, Australian and NZ short for shopping mall

Word Origin for mall

C17: after The Mall, in St James's Park, London. See pall-mall
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