Definition of mall in English:


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Pronunciation: /mal
, mɔːl
, mɒl


  • 1 (also shopping mall) chiefly North American A large enclosed shopping area from which traffic is excluded.
    More example sentences
    • Once your store is in every mall, how do you get more growth - especially if the chain is narrowly focused to begin with?
    • When you travel around the country you find the same stores in each mall.
    • The Regency area is undergoing a retail rush as developers move to build stores and restaurants north of the mall.
    shopping precinct, shopping centre, shopping complex, arcade, galleria; North American plaza, strip mall
  • 2A sheltered walk or promenade.
  • 3 historical another term for pall-mall.
  • 3.1An alley used for pall-mall.


mid 17th century (in sense 3): probably a shortening of pall-mall. sense 2 derives from The Mall, a tree-bordered walk in St James's Park, London, formerly the site of a pall-mall alley. sense 1 dates from the 1960s.

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