Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, often enclosed shopping complex containing various stores, businesses, and restaurants usually accessible by common passageways.
  • n. A street lined with shops and closed to vehicles.
  • n. A shady public walk or promenade.
  • n. Chiefly Upstate New York See median strip. See Regional Note at neutral ground.
  • n. Variant of maul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul.
  • n. A heavy blow.
  • n. An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See pall mall
  • n. A place where the game of mall was played.
  • n. A public walk; a level shaded walk.
  • n. A pedestrianised street, especially a shopping precinct.
  • n. An enclosed shopping centre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul.
  • n. A heavy blow.
  • n. An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See Pall-mall.
  • n. A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk.
  • transitive v. To beat with a mall; to beat with something heavy; to bruise; to maul.
  • n. A court of justice.
  • n. A place where justice is administered.
  • n. A place where public meetings are held.
  • n. A public access area containing a promenade for pedestrians.
  • n. The paved or grassy strip between two roadways.
  • n. A shopping area with multiple shops and a concourse for predominantly or exclusively pedestrian use; in cities the concourse is usually a city street which may be temporarily or permamently closed to motor vehicles; in suburban areas, a mall is often located on a convenient highway, may be large, contained in one building or in multiple buildings connected by (usually covered) walkways. Also called shopping mall

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy hammer or club of any sort; especially, a heavy wooden hammer used by carpenters. Compare mallet and beetle, 1.
  • n. A war-hammer or martel-de-fer.
  • n. The head or striking part of a war-hammer or martel-de-fer.
  • n. The blunt or square projection of such a hammer, as distinguished from the beak on the opposite side of the handle: this blunt end was often divided into four, six, or more blunt points or protuberances.
  • n. An old game played with a wooden ball in a kind of smooth alley boarded in at each side, in which the ball was struck with a mallet in order to send it through an iron arch called the pass, placed at the end of the alley.
  • n. The mallet with which this game was played; also, the alley in which it was played.
  • n. [⟨ mall, verb] A blow.
  • To beat, especially with a mall or mallet; bruise.
  • n. A public walk; a level shaded walk.
  • n. A court: same as mallum, mallus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk
  • n. mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace

Etymologies

After The Mall in London, England, originally a pall-mall alley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some of those are rather flattered by the term "mall" – in the same way that shops in India claiming to be "fancy goods stores" sell neither Fabergé eggs nor Brabantia dustbins, but canisters of talcum powder.

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  • On the floor of the mall is a casual replica of Big Ben.

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  • This beautiful urban mall—in the old sense of the word "mall"—feels very European.

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  • There's something very European about this beautiful urban mall, in the old sense of the word 'mall.'

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  • The office in the mall is a good place to ask questions, since the main office (where you take your test) is always packed with people.

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  • Right smackdab in the middle of the mall is the mail forwarding business.

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  • I'll close with a commercial: here in Framingham, I live within shouting distance of about a hundred shopping malls, and if the traffic I have to crawl through when I'm not even going to the mall is any indication, there's a lot of holiday-gift aggravation out there for the having.

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  • Along with cards that are sold by shopping centers, what they call mall cards that are good for any store within a particular shopping center, those are the ones that are most likely to have onerous things like activation fees, transaction fees, dormancy fees, which means that the card actually lose value when you don't use them and expiration dates in which they can ultimately become useless if you don't use them within a given time frame.

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  • Well, one of the most popular viral videos this week, we call the mall escalator abs workout.

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  • First I called another mall out in the southwest suburbs and canceled a security review appointment for that morning.

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