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hall (n.)

Old English heall "spacious roofed residence, house; temple; law-court," any large place covered by a roof, from Proto-Germanic *hallo "covered place, hall" (source also of Old Saxon, Old High German halla, German halle, Dutch hal, Old Norse höll "hall;" Old English hell, Gothic halja "hell"), from PIE root *kel- (1) "to cover, conceal, save."

Sense of "passageway in a building" evolved 17c., from the time when the doors to private rooms opened onto the large public room of the house. Older sense preserved in town hall, music hall, etc., in use of the word in Britain and Southern U.S. for "manor house," also "main building of a college" (late 14c.). French halle, Italian alla are from Middle High German. Hall of fame attested by 1786 as an abstract concept; in sporting sense first attested 1901, in reference to Columbia College; the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1939. Related: Hall-of-famer.

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Definitions of hall
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hall (n.)
an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open;
the elevators were at the end of the hall
Synonyms: hallway
hall (n.)
a large entrance or reception room or area;
Synonyms: anteroom / antechamber / entrance hall / foyer / lobby / vestibule
hall (n.)
a large room for gatherings or entertainment;
pool hall
lecture hall
hall (n.)
a college or university building containing living quarters for students;
Synonyms: dormitory / dorm / residence hall / student residence
hall (n.)
the large room of a manor or castle;
Synonyms: manor hall
hall (n.)
a large and imposing house;
Synonyms: mansion / mansion house / manse / residence
hall (n.)
a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research;
halls of learning
hall (n.)
a large building for meetings or entertainment;
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Hall (n.)
English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943);
Synonyms: Radclyffe Hall / Marguerite Radclyffe Hall
Hall (n.)
United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924);
Synonyms: G. Stanley Hall / Granville Stanley Hall
Hall (n.)
United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914);
Synonyms: Charles Martin Hall
Hall (n.)
United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871);
Synonyms: Charles Francis Hall
Hall (n.)
United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907);
Synonyms: Asaph Hall
From wordnet.princeton.edu